Routes to Kenwood Trail Middle School will changes this school year, as County Road 50 (Kenwood Trail) is being reconstructed from County Road 60 (185th Street) to County Road 9 (Dodd Boulevard) to increase capacity and improve safety.
This section of County Road 50 will be converted to a four-lane section with raised median and turn lanes. Pedestrian and bike paths will be constructed along both sides of County Road 50, and the traffic signal located at the County Road 50/Ipava Avenue intersection will be replaced. Refer to the Dakota County Project website for more information.
The county is working on the first portion of the project along Kenwood Trail between Dodd Boulevard and Jaguar Avenue. Work on this portion is expected to be completed later this fall. During these first phases of construction, people may access Kenwood Trail Middle School via either Ipava Avenue or Dodd Boulevard via 192nd Street or 185th Street. The remainder of the project will take place and be completed in 2018.
Anyone interested in receiving email updates from Dakota County for this project, email Erin Borchert at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “CP 50-19 Updates” in the subject line. If you have any questions or comments concerning this or any highway projects, email Dakota County Transportation Department or call 952-891-7900.
The construction also is prompting recommended changes to entering and departing Lakeville North High School. School staff and the school resource officer note that as a result of the Kenwood Trail/County Road 50 reconstruction project, detoured traffic has caused a prominent increase in traffic volume on Dodd Boulevard on the east side of Lakeville North High School.
This traffic volume increase has elevated the difficulty for vehicles to cross or turn north onto Dodd Boulevard from 194th Street (near northeast exit/entrance of LNHS).
Lakeville North staff and its school resource officer would like to encourage students to avoid this intersection at the end of the school day. The heavy volume of after school student traffic along with the increased construction detour traffic while the construction project is ongoing presents potential hazards which they said they hope students can avoid by turning left out of the parking lot towards Ipava Avenue as indicated by the arrows on the map.
Lakeville North staff members say they hope that by rerouting of student traffic that the risk of a student being involved in a crash at the intersection of Dodd Boulevard and 194th Street can be reduced.