URGENT: STOP Spring 2021 Baker Road Lane Reduction

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Barbara Miller
Mar 5, 2021
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Lifetime should instruct people to use back pk lot.

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Amy Rolando
Mar 2, 2021
I don’t understand the problem this is trying to fix… It’s a huge expenditure that seems unnecessary as the projected decrease in accidents is very minimal, and the accidents don’t seem to be very severe

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Susan Kallsen
Mar 2, 2021
Thank you to the Eden Prairie City Council members for planning to discuss the Baker Road Lane Reduction issue at the March 2, 2021 meeting.
Many residents, as evidenced by this strongly supported petition, are in opposition to Hennepin County’s plan for a lane reduction between Pinnacle Drive and St. Andrew’s Drive on Baker Road. These are some of the reasons:
1. The reported number of accidents (109) reported from the 2016-2019 accident survey of this stretch does not reflect the actual number of accidents from Pinnacle Drive to St. Andrews Drive where the lane reduction is planned to occur. Of the 109 accidents:

a. Only 33 happened between Hwy 62 and Valley View Road.
b. Accidents where cars have been rear-ended account for only 7 of the 33, making it seem less likely that speed is the main factor.
We would like to know how many of the 33 accidents happened at the intersections of Baker & Hwy 62 or Baker & Valley View which will continue to have four lanes, as compared to the route of the proposed lane reduction.

2. Because of the many residences and businesses off of Edenvale Boulevard (the only entrance to this neighborhood), there is a high rate of right turns onto it after turning South from Hwy 62 onto Baker. Drivers must slow down to make the turn. With four lanes, drivers who are not turning can now move to the left lane to avoid slowdowns and accidents. With only one lane of traffic there will be significant back-up all the way back to Hwy 62, especially in the Winter when ice and snow currently cause it to be much longer and slower while going downhill.

3. Residents who live just off Baker Road already have trouble making a left or right turns onto Baker Road during high traffic times. Many of us have no other option (see graphic below) but to use Baker to leave our neighborhoods. The lane reduction would make Baker Road much busier/crowded throughout the day and cause significant delays for us.

Please do not go through with this proposed lane reduction. It is not wanted by the neighborhoods most affected by it.
Susan Kallsen
skallsen@gmail.com

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Mary March
Mar 2, 2021
If you would like to support this petition, please show up at Eden Prairie city council at 6:30 PM tonight (3/2/21) to support this petition. I am resident in the Cardinal Creek Neighborhood. This is not EP city council doing this it is Hennepin County. EP City council, thank you for your service to our city and being our voice. I’m grateful. Eden Prairie is a beautiful city and I am grateful I live here. I am writing to request that Hennepin County listen to the concern of residents around the Baker Rd 3 lane proposal. We, the residents, request an immediate halt to the restriping Baker Rd 3 reduction project. It is set to go into effect in a few months. We do not want this change. If speeding is the issue, please encourage the policy to give out speeding tickets like candy and increase city revenue. There have been 0 pedestrian accidents in 3 years in this area. For car accidents, only 7 or 109 accidents have been left turn lane accidents in the area of the proposed change. That is only 6% of all 109 accidents in 3 years that happened in the area they will change. If you look at the 33 accidents in this area, that is only 21%. They are addressing the 1 in 5 accidents in this area and not addressing the 4 of 5 accidents elsewhere. We want safety to be top concern and Hennepin County is not addressing the 80% of accidents. If safety is their main concern, we are hoping they will not restripe our neighborhood and give residents and give us adequate research and a time to converse with residents before they change our neighborhood. We appreciate the efforts towards safety but we ask for a halt to changing this area and focusing on the 80% of places Baker Rd accidents are actually happening.

The people who live here love this neighborhood. We want safety, we love our families and neighbors, and we are not the problem. Please don't punish us Eden Prairie residents for other people’s mistakes. Restriping to 2 lanes has the potential to cause more traffic and accidents for us.

We did not want this change in 2011 and we do not want it now. Furthermore, this change will affect traffic on 62, 212, 494, and Lifetime Fitness. Eden Prairie is only growing. This change doesn't serve our community or our greater community. Please halt this proposal until we can have more conversations and information about this proposal.

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Crystal Riggs
Feb 24, 2021
I'd rather they WIDEN Baker Rd. if they insist on putting in a left turn lane. If they can't do that, it should be left alone. Traffic and safety will not improve with this idea. It will create congestion for those of us trying to get out of the neighborhoods.

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Richard Skala
Feb 18, 2021
It's going to cost money to make these changes.
Why waste the money (as usual) to do something that will effectively change nothing.

Stop wasting our tax dollars.

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Kristine Harley
Feb 18, 2021
I drive this regularly for work and don't see the need to prevent accidents that are extremely rare on this road.

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Kathy Meyer
Feb 17, 2021
I don't agree with this. It is a horrible idea

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Lorna Dobihal
Feb 17, 2021
We do not want to be backed up in traffic. There are more cars on the road year after year. Please to not take 2 lanes away!

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Janis Steblay
Feb 17, 2021
Having 4 lanes is much safer than having confusing bi-directional lanes.
Over their 4-year study there were no pedestrian accidents, possibly 1 bike accident, and 7 or fewer (1 or 2/yr.) crashes involving a left turn.
Please don't tell me the real reason for this proposed change is to accommodate a few bikers. EP is blessed to have plenty off road places to bike.