Demonstration Project at Meadow Lake Elementary

Demonstration Project at Meadow Lake Elementary
Posted on 09/26/2019
In 2017, the city partnered with MnDOT and Alta Planning + Design to develop Safe Routes to School (SRTS) plans for the three elementary schools in New Hope. The SRTS plans included an assessment of existing infrastructure and non-infrastructure barriers and opportunities for each participating school site. When the plans were developed, the intersection of Boone and 62nd avenues was identified as a dangerous crossing for students walking to and from school and a candidate for a demonstration pilot program.

In 2018, the city was awarded a grant from MnDOT to help fund a temporary installation at the intersection. With the assistance of Alta Planning + Design, Robbinsdale Area Schools, Meadow Lake Elementary, and Brooklyn Park, an installation concept was developed. The Safe Routes to School demonstration project at Meadow Lake Elementary was installed on September 25, 2019, with the help of more than a dozen volunteers from the city's engineering firm, Stantec. The volunteers assisted with the project as part of the company's annual worldwide “Community Day.”

The paint used for the installation is intended to be temporary and accent the use of delineators (white posts), which shorten the crossing distance at the intersection of Boone and 62nd avenues and prevent vehicles from turning left when exiting the school's main parking lot. It will wash away after a few rainfalls. The installation will be in place for approximately three weeks.

The demonstration project will allow the city to evaluate potential infrastructure improvements to the intersection before investing in permanent changes. The city will be evaluating the installation project through a traffic study (before and during installation) and student surveys. MnDOT will also be utilizing a drone to obtain video of pedestrian and traffic patterns in the area.