New Greenway Avenue to keep current width

Wyoming chooses against expanding road to add parking


Alice Pickering
Wyoming Reporter

Improvements to Greenway Avenue are scheduled for this summer. Because it is designated as one of Wyoming’s municipal state aid roads, it must be constructed according to certain standards.

The lanes and shoulders of the existing road are not wide enough to meet the state aid parking standards, but the new road will be no wider than the current one because the city does not want to impact wetlands or properties along the road. Therefore, parking will not be allowed.

The City Council on March 18 passed a resolution prohibiting parking along the road from Greenway Road north to Goodview Avenue. This will be submitted to the state to have the construction completed.

County road bid

Chisago County Commissioner Ben Montzka told the council that bids have been received for the road improvements on Forest Boulevard (County Road 30). The cost estimate is $2.9 million, and concrete will be used for the highway.

In each area of the county, roads are being evaluated so that money for repair and maintenance is equally shared.

Montzka anticipates that the Chisago County levy for 2015 will remain the same as the one for this year.

Other business

Council members approved the final payment to Dresel Contracting for completion of the street and utility work on Fallbrook Avenue.

The amount of the fourth and final payment is $60,706. A two-year maintenance bond is in effect from the date of final acceptance by the City Council of the company’s work.

In other business, resident Ross Larson asked about provisions for special events. Examples discussed were celebrations such as graduations or family gatherings after funerals.

Public Safety Director Paul Hoppe explained that variances for parking during such events can be granted by the Police Department. There is no charge for the variances, but they must be arranged ahead of time.