Board to review MN 36 project

A $14 million project to improve the Minnesota Highway 36-Hilton Trail intersection is the subject of one of several Washington County Board of Commissioners workshops Tuesday.

Other workshops are on projects associated with the St. Croix River Crossing project and a review of major projects in the county’s draft 2013-2017 Capital Improvement Plan.

Commissioners will also hold a public hearing during the regular meeting on a developer’s petition regarding changing school district boundary lines in a Woodbury development.

Washington County Public Works officials will discuss state Department of Transportation plans to replace traffic signals at Minnesota 36 and Hilton Trail with a grade-separated diamond interchange.

Other work includes extending the north frontage road, 60th Street, over the Gateway Trail; converting the Minnesota 36-DeMontreville Trail intersection to a three-quarter intersection with a J-turn constructed east of that intersection, and closing the Highlands Trail median crossing.

“The vision for Highway 36 is to improve safety and traffic flow while reducing the amount of through traffic that may be cutting through residential areas,” said a MnDOT statement.

MnDOT plans a Nov. 15 open house about the project from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lake Elmo City Hall, 3800 Laverne Ave. North.

The public hearing at the board’s regular meeting will take comments about a Pulte Homes of Minnesota petition to create new boundaries between Independent School Districts 834 and 833 in a newly platted area in the Dancing Waters subdivision in Woodbury.

Pulte Homes made the request after learning their new subdivision did not following the existing border between ISD 834 and the South Washington School District.

Both school districts have submitted letters and meeting minutes to the County Board affirming the detachment and annexation of the affected parcels, according to Jennifer Wagenius, director of the county’s Property Records and Taxpayer Services department.

State law requires the County Board to either grant or deny a property owner’s petition for annexation and detachment of land from any independent school district.

The County Board will convene its regular meeting following commissioners 9 a.m. meeting as the county Regional Railroad Authority. The RRA and County Board meetings are held in the fifth-floor boardroom at the county Government Center in Stillwater.