BY COUNCILOR LITTLE:
RESOLVED, that in accordance with the provisions of Section 33-17 of the Duluth City Code, 1959, as amended, the following segment of the Miller Trunk Highway frontage road, lying northeasterly of Miller Trunk Highway, is hereby designated a one way westbound-only street: from Joshua Avenue to 130 feet westerly
FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution shall become effective only after said street segment has been posted with proper signage indicating the change in designation.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution designates that portion of the Miller Trunk Highway frontage road from Joshua Avenue to 130 feet westerly as a one-way street.
After the recent opening of the new Walgreens store at that intersection, it became evident that the raised parking lot in front of the store blocks the visibility for eastbound cars on the frontage road of the oncoming southbound cars on Joshua Avenue and vice versa. Although plans for the store were reviewed and approved by the city of Duluth, and all codes and requirements are in compliance, it is incumbent upon the city to address the safety concerns created by the current state of affairs. Designating this portion of the frontage road as one-way westbound only would eliminate left-turning traffic exiting the Walgreens parking lot. The remainder of the frontage road would remain open to two-way traffic.
Representatives of all of the propery owners and businesses located along this frontage road were invited to attend an informational meeting held on November 30, 2007. Mr. Michael Orman of Miller Creek Investments (old Highland Supper Club building which until recently housed the remote driver’s and vehicle licensing facility) was the only person to attend. He was not in favor of the proposed change.
It is appropriate for the city to take action to make its roads safe in the interests of the traveling public. There have been complaints about the lack of clear vision at this intersection and, in the judgement of the city engineer, the lack of adequate sight lines constitutes an unnecessary hazard to the driving public. Therefore we propose to resolve it as shown on the attached exhibit. Although the solution may result in some inconvenience to some members of the traveling public, it is “the better part of valor” to address this condition before someone is injured or killed because of it.