Council gives go-ahead to rebid Hwy 3 and 3rd street crossing
When City Staff went out for bids on the Hwy 3 and 3rd street intersection improvement project in August, the single bid came back over $300,000 over the estimated cost of nearly $500,000. The project was initiated nearly two years ago but Councilor Pownell wanted landscaping to be a larger part of the bid. That came in at $120,000. At the time, staff tried to pair the project with MnDot’s resurfacing project of Hwy 3 north of the intersection to the county line. However, due to a time crunch that wasn’t possible. Public Works Director Dave Bennett said while that’s a major setback, now is a good time to rebid the solo project and he’s proposing the same plan including the same landscaping that was worked out with Beautify Northfield and businesses. The design was also okay-ed by MnDot. Continuity and a welcoming gateway were the main considerations. The design would not allow left turns by vehicles from either direction of 3rd street and place a center island refuge for pedestrians. Bennett said there would be an overhead arm with a beacon to warn motorists of pedestrians. Resident Don McGee has been a strong proponent for a safe crossing. He said, “we went through this a year ago and council decided that they could micromanage this project and improve on the engineering design and hence we still do not have any crossing”. He said trust the professionals you hired. No one disputed the need for a safe crossing and most expressed a desire to get it done, cost was the issue, in particular the landscaping. The somewhat angled crosswalk is a deliberate design according to Zweifel. She said, ” to get the pedestrian to interact with the environment”. And, basically, force them to look where they’re going. After some debate council voted unanimously to approve going out for bids on the project as is. Councilors Nakasian and Peterson White were absent. The new estimate is $700,000 and will be fully funded by TIF 4 dollars. Two other crossings at Greenvale Ave and near the Dairy Queen will be installed when MnDot does their resurfacing project.
Movie production crew to start filming next week
You may have seen our Northfield Chamber President surrounded by a film crew this week. Todd Bornhauser escorted the production crew as they chose shoot locations and figured out their needs in terms of lighting, sound and props. Strike Accord, the production company, will be shooting the “made for tv movie” in Minneapolis this week. They’ll be in Northfield the next 2 weeks shooting all of their scenes here and then finish up in a barn near Wayzata. Bornhauser said the crew were overwhelmed with the warmth and friendliness of our community. He gave kudos to us. He added that, hopefully, this will create other opportunities for Northfield. With such a unique community we have a lot to offer. “Our goal here is to make sure this is a wonderful experience for them and that they’re back selling Northfield”. The lead roles have been cast but they will be using some locals for extras. Bornhauser will keep us updated.
The Depot moved!
What made the Depot cross the road? A truck and 5 years of time by several community members and generous dollars from the community as well. KYMN’s Tim Freeland was on the scene as the historic moment took place moving the 1888 Depot across 3rd street to it’s new home behind the QuarterBack Club. Look for video and pictures on kymnradio.net later today and on northfielddepot.org. KSTP-TV was on scene as were a nice crowd of supporters. Benjamin Bus brought out one of their large touring buses to allow folks to watch in comfort!
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