On the newly paved Jefferson Road between Jefferson Parkway and Heritage Drive, the City of Northfield has installed 13 ‘BIKE LANE/No Parking’ signs on the east side of the street and 7 ‘SHARE THE ROAD’ signs on the west side. All the storm water grates have been spray-painted a florescent green.
Will there be striping? Stay tuned.
Update Oct. 8: Striping is now complete on both sides, with bike icons and arrows in the bike lane on the east side of the street.
Update Oct. 10: This morning, a City of Northfield street crew was removing the overabundance of bike lane signs that were installed by the contractor. The signs will be used elsewhere:
Jefferson Road, once a rural route from Northfield to Dundas, is now the only city street that follows the same route as South Highway 3. As Highway 3 has a high speed limit and almost no nonmotorized accommodations, Jefferson Road has become a popular bikeway for accessing the southwest corner of Northfield, including retail areas at Target and Heritage Square. This document discusses Jefferson Road from West Jefferson Parkway to Hidden Valley Road, which is being resurfaced in 2011.
Jefferson Road’s resurfacing and associated issues are before the Northfield City Council. See:
The issue was on the agenda for this week’s (June 14) Council work session. See pages 4-6 of the packet, as it contained this information about extending the bike/walking trail:
Trail – Staff was asked to consider extension of the trail that ends at 1605 Heritage Drive (Community Resource Bank property). Because of the time constraints for providing this information, a complete evaluation could not be completed. However, some preliminary information is provided below.
For the purposes of this review it was assumed that the trail would be extended from the current dead end, north along the east boundary of TH3 to Jefferson Parkway. The length of trail is approximately 4,500 feet. Alternate alignment options should be considered if this option moves forward.
Section 5 of the Comprehensive Transportation Plan provides preliminary planning costs for various types of transportation improvements. Basic trail is estimated about $150,000 per mile. The basic cost only includes minimal grading, subbase and trail surface. Special project needs such as property acquisition, easements, soil corrections, etc. are not included. This segment of trail is estimated to cost more than $130,000.
Location of the trail in the ROW of TH3 would require coordination with MnDOT and acquisition of appropriate use permits.
Location of the trail on private property would require coordination with MnDOT and acquisition of appropriate use permits.
Location of the trail on private property would require acquisition of permanent trail easements along with temporary construction easements.
Most of the residential lots are wooded along the west property line. Tree loss is expected to be needed to accomplish this trail. Until a survey is completed to define property boundaries in relation to tree locations, a true impact cannot be determined.
Bike lanes have been painted on the new pavement on both sides of Union St. between 4th and 5th and on both sides of 4th St. between Union and Nevada.
The segment on 5th between Union and Washington (paved last year) does not yet have lanes. 5th St’s bike lanes extend to Water St. where they connect to the Riverside Park trail extension that was installed last year… and which connects to the Mill Towns Trail via the Peggy Prowe Pedestrian Bridge.
Are there other places in Northfield with bike lanes in which car parking has been restricted to only one side of the street?
The City has a new (July, 2009) Northfield Bike Trails & Paths map (PDF) posted to its web site. Unfortunately, it’s rotated 90 degrees to the right on page two of the PDF so you have to download it and THEN rotate it.