Editor's Note: The following is a press release from Dakota County.
Area residents, business owners and commuters are invited to an open house to learn more about roadway improvement options for the Pilot Knob Road corridor in Eagan.
The open house will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Oasis Room, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan.
Dakota County, in partnership with the City of Eagan, initiated a study to consider transportation improvements to Pilot Knob Road (CSAH 31) between Yankee Doodle Road and Central Parkway/Northwood Parkway.
Input is sought on the different improvement options being considered. These options propose changes within the Pilot Knob Road corridor, including driveway and intersection modifications and/or closures, new local street connections, additional traffic lanes, median installation, and intersection control changes such as a roundabout.
Traffic back-ups on Pilot Knob Road in the area cause long delays at intersections, particularly on the side-streets such as at Norwest Court. At times, motorists waiting to cross the roadway choose to make U-turns and other similar maneuvers to avoid the back-ups which results in safety concerns and crashes in this area. These issues are primarily the result of increasing traffic volumes, the close spacing of intersections and the lack of local road connections adjacent to the Pilot Knob Road corridor.
Input is crucial for the County and City to identify an improvement option that addresses the issues, needs and concern within this corridor. Please attend the open house to provide input. For more information, call 952-891-7100.