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Backage road concept for County Road 11 presents disagreements

The Breezy Point City Council met with Crow Wing County Engineer Tim Bray on Monday night, Aug. 5, to discuss a disagreement over the County Road 11 corridor study the county completed in the spring of 2012.

The disagreement surrounded whether the council supported a backage road along the north side of County Road 11 across from Eagle View Elementary School.

The council was against the backage road, which was part of the corridor study, but had signed a resolution of support in May 2012 for the whole of the corridor study as a plan for future development.

Council members agreed that their recollection of the public hearing held on the corridor study produced negative comments from the public for the backage road.

Bray asked, since the council didn’t agree with the backage road, “What were you voting yes on then? Was it something different than this (resolution)?”

“We thought we were voting on what we believed in,” mayor JoAnn Weaver said.

The council and Bray agreed that the whole of the corridor would not go back to the drawing board, but perhaps the area of the backage road, which is near Narveson Management Incorporated, the Log Shop and Eagles Nest Baptist Church, should be revisited.

Bray said that what the corridor study as a plan seeks to do is manage accesses to County Road 11. Reducing access points improves the safety of the road.

“Whatever the concept is, we’re still going to look at access management,” Bray said.

The issue was brought to the forefront when, at its July meeting, the council had looked at the area and planned to install a bypass lane for westbound traffic at Wildwood Lane; that project is on hold until the area is revisited.

The council decided to form a committee to meet with county engineers on the matter. The committee will include council member Otto Schmid, who was absent from the meeting but is the council roads liaison, council member Scott Willer, city administrator Joe Rudberg and city engineer Mike Rude. The council also decided that public input would be taken on the matter.

“It’s very important that we do figure something out,” Bray said. “I can tell you we are going to be very protective of any direct access to the highway.”