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City to receive $3.5M grant for 23/Saratoga overpass

June 26, 2013

MARSHALL — They saved some of the best news for last at the Marshall City Council meeting on Tuesday....

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Jul-01-13 7:52 PM

If you check out MnDOT's page, it says reduced conflict intersection and ped overpass. Apparently this ped overpass is only part of the story. Definition I found of a Reduced Conflict Intersection is no left turns from side streets. Making people turn right then go down and make a U turn to go left. Independent please do some more research.

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Jul-01-13 6:37 PM

An overpass for vehicles & pedestrians is not going to be an attractive figure, no matter how it's assessed out. I seriously doubt there is enough traffic there to warrant it anyway. I have seen how it can be backed up on weekday mornings/evenings, but overall, the volume isn't there. There is nothing wrong with the pedestrian overpass project.

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Jul-01-13 11:25 AM

I believe an overpass for vehicles and pedestrians would be prudent. A $3.5M bridge for pedestrians only seems to be questionable (would want to know more about the foot traffic, incidents, etc.). Any childs life is precious but we can't afford all safety features...

How about placing some financial burden on developers (and homeowners) who knowingly place developments on the outside of a bypass?

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Jul-01-13 9:48 AM

I see people walking to and from Hy-Vee to get groceries who have to cross Highway 23. I'm sure they will appreciate the overpass.

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Jul-01-13 9:41 AM

The kids who have to cross 23 in order to get to school might find this useful, if not safe. Since some of them are from a trailer park, maybe they don't matter???

There's no better use of grant money than to help our future.

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Jun-30-13 10:01 PM

There was a clarification in Friday's paper that this overpass is a PEDESTRIAN overpass only. In addition to the grant how much additional money is the City going to have to come up with? This could rank up there with the "Bridge to nowhere".

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Jun-29-13 2:34 PM

This pedestrian overpass will make just as much sense as the underpass between SMSU and the High School.

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Jun-27-13 11:11 AM

Is the overpass for pedestrians only? Or for vehiclesas well?

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Jun-26-13 9:22 AM

I do not know Mr. Hyatt, however, why would the city pay $7k to tear down an abandoned house - then let the owner retain the land? If Hyatt gets the land, tear down the house and pay for it yourself! If the city pays for it, they should get the lot. Confused.

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