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MnDOT Considers Closing 16th Street Ramp of Highway 169

MnDOT is also considering projects to build a noise wall and a visual barrier wall along the east side of Highway 169, just south of Highway 394.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is considering closing the northbound ramp from 16th Street onto Highway 169 in St. Louis Park

The closure is part of MnDOT's long-term safety initiative and would include the building of a visual barrier wall along the east side of Highway 169 from 16th Street south to about Franklin Avenue, where city property ends and the wetland begins.

St. Louis Park staff are reviewing the traffic impact of closing the 16th Street ramp. Open houses and a city council vote will precede a final decision on both projects. 

MnDOT would pay fully for both the ramp closure and the visual barrier wall, with construction starting in late summer.

A Highway 169 Noise Wall

St. Louis Park is also considering a MnDOT proposal to install a noise wall on the east side of Highway 169, from 16th Street north to 14th Street.

The noise wall would cost MnDOT $434,000. St. Louis Park would apply for state aid funding to use for its $43,000 share of the project.

MnDOT will hold an open house on the noise wall near the end of the month. 

Construction would start in late summer, at the same time as for the ramp closure and visual barrier wall.
B.C. Knapp January 15, 2014 at 08:24 AM
Why is the east side getting the sound barrier? The west has the worst situation with sound. I cannot hear a person talking standing right next to me in my front yard. The east side is already protected by being lower than the highway. the west is above the highway so sound reaches us readily. And it is about time to close the 16th street exit on BOTH sides. We get far too much traffic on our neighborhood streets due to that exit. BUT GIVE BOTH SIDES THE BARRIER.
Davidene Weinberg January 15, 2014 at 09:35 AM
I disagree with shutting the exit off of 169 and 16th street on the east side as this is the only direct entrance in and out of the neighborhood
Robin Councilman January 15, 2014 at 10:02 AM
I hope they do close it off. On days when the ramps from 169 to 394 and 394 to 169 are backed up our road becomes a "shortcut" with cars traveling well over the posted 25 MPH. I worry about kids walking to and waiting for the bus stop. I'll gladly drive to either Cedar Lake or Texas to get in the neighborhood if that means getting rid of the commuters coming through at 40+ MPH
Nysssa January 15, 2014 at 04:25 PM
If you live there and oppose the closure, write directly to your council person. If you write the City Engineer, your comments will be filtered into a vague comment that some residents don't like the idea. The "visual barrier" just North of Cedar Lake Road has not reduced the noise at my house, and entering the highway at Cedar Lake Road is crazy dangerous. It's a sharp, downhill turn with giant potholes just after the meter and a bridge abutment at the end of the short merge lane. Unless you've lived in the neighborhood for over 40 years, the highway was there when you moved in.
Eric Anondson January 15, 2014 at 08:19 PM
This needs closing. Can't believe it hasn't been closed by now.

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