Belgrade Avenue corridor

About 8,700 vehicles drive down Belgrade Avenue daily, according to a recent study by Bolton & Menk. North Mankato is hosting a pair of open houses this week to get feedback on potential safety and traffic improvements for the Belgrade Avenue corridor. Photo by Pat Christman

NORTH MANKATO — North Mankato officials would like public input on potential safety improvements to the Belgrade Avenue corridor.

Area residents can learn more about a recently released Belgrade Avenue corridor study, as well as the Belgrade Avenue Master Plan, at two open houses this week at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

"We're really hoping to get some feedback from the public on where Belgrade Avenue is and where it's going to be going over the next 20 years," said North Mankato Mayor Mark Dehen.

Open houses are set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Saturday, where residents will be able to give feedback on proposed roundabouts, sidewalk bump-outs at several intersections and potentially narrowing streets.

Those suggestions are part of a study released by engineering firm Bolton & Menk earlier this month. According to the engineering firm, about 8,700 vehicles travel on Belgrade Avenue each day; up to 9,900 vehicles could use the avenue by 2041 as the city grows.

That increased traffic is expected to increase delay issues at the Lee Boulevard intersection, as well as potential traffic backup by Range Street and access issues near the American Legion and Circle Inn.

City staff is looking to incorporate the study's suggestions, as well as public feedback, into North Mankato's master plan for Belgrade Avenue.

"We're looking for as much public opinion as we can before we make those final plans," Dehen said.

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