The Wright County Highway Department will host an open house tonight, Aug. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Albertville City Hall as it unveils a number of improvements for Wright County Highways 19 and 38 near the Albertville Premium Outlets and the housing developments north and east of the mall.
The improvements – which are slated for the 2019 construction season – include:
-Widening Wright County 19 (LaBeaux Avenue) at the Outlet mall, where it narrows, to the stop sign at 70th Street Northeast/County 38.
– Widening 70th Street/County 38 to three lanes, with a dedicated lane in each direction and a center turn lane. Medians would be installed in certain areas.
– A roundabout at the intersection of LaBeaux (County 19) and 67th Avenue Northeast, which is the entrance to the Towne Lakes area.
– A roundabout at the intersection of LaBeaux (County 19) and 70th Avenue Northeast (County 38), which is currently a four-way stop sign.
– A roundabout at the intersection of 70th Avenue Northeast (County 38) and MacIver Avenue, which is the main intersection for several new housing developments in the area.
A preliminary concept will be on display for residents to review and input along with visualizations of the proposed improvements and information related to roundabout operations. Project staff will be available to discuss design options and any concerns about the project.
According to the Wright County Highway Department, the proposed improvements are “intended to address increased traffic patterns due to existing and proposed developments, improve intersection safety and operations, add trails along both roadways, address maintenance needs, and upgrade the roadways to current design standards.”
If you can’t make it to tonight’s open house, information is available on the Wright County website. Contact information is also on the site, and the county is encouraging feedback from residents in the Albertville/Otsego area impacted by the future construction.
The project is programmed for construction in 2019.