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City Council reviews plans for long-awaited Morningside project

The Glencoe City Council heard a presentation by John Rodeberg of Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), Inc., about the Morningside Avenue Project at its July 17 Monday night meeting. Rodeberg has been communicating with the state aid office to explore Glencoe’s funding sources for the project.
The last time this project was talked about in depth was 2015; the purpose of the presentation was to get the newest council members updated as to the background of the project, what the next steps are, and how funding is being addressed.
During the presentation, Rodeberg highlighted five main tasks that the project would include: a new two-lane road, the continuation of a multi-purpose trail, drainage improvements, a roundabout connecting the new road with 16th Street and railroad improvements including an additional track to eliminate switching blockage, new crossing installation and the closing of two adjacent crossings (which makes for a net reduction of one crossing).  
The Morningside Avenue project is the third phase of the Morningside corridor which was affirmed in 2003 by the Glencoe Transportation Partnership Study as necessary for regional traffic. The first phase in 2005 consisted of building a new bridge over Buffalo Creek south of U.S. Highway 212. The second phase in 2009 consisted of constructing an extension of McLeod County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 15 south of U.S. Highway 212, along with building street and infrastructure improvements north within Glencoe’s industrial park north of Highway 212.
The third phase is proposed to be a half-mile project that will extend Morningside Avenue north past Coborn’s and over the railroad tracks, through the existing corridor, where it will meet 16th Street in a roundabout. The corridor for the north section of Morningside Avenue has been in place since the 1960s, so no additional power poles are required to be built or re-built for the project.

For more about the Morningside project, see the July 26 print edition of The Chronicle.