Lake Elmo Drive

The objective was for this project is to:
  • Widen the street to better accommodate traffic flow
  • Construct curb, gutter, sidewalks, and proper storm drainage facilities from Main Street to Pemberton Lane
  • Better serve pedestrians and bicyclists
Lake Elmo Drive is classified as a collector street in the City’s adopted 2000 Transportation Plan.
The existing street section does not meet the City’s minimum collector width requirement. The corridor is also on the BikeNet on-street cycling route. Segments of Lake Elmo are used as MET Bus routes.

Sporadic development along this corridor resulted in patchwork concrete and street improvements. A project identified as the Phase I Lake Elmo Improvements covered the area between Wicks Lane and Angel Lane. Construction was completed under Work Order 95-14 by a local contractor in 1998.
The City Council has approved phases of the project to include:
  • Phase II project was identified as the segment between Main Street and Hilltop Road
  • Phase III project is the segment between Hilltop Road and Reda Lane
  • Phase IV project is the segment between Reda Lane and Wicks Lane
  • Phase V project is the segment between Angel Lane and Pemberton Lane
Completion of the remaining phases of improvements will require numerous right-of-way acquisitions, as well as the creation of storm drain Special Improvement Districts.

Project Status
  • Project is complete
  • Status: Phase I of the improvements has been completed. Design of Phase II improvements is approximately 90 percent complete.
  • Proposal: Upon securing CTEP funds, staff will administer construction of the Phase II improvements in FY 09. Design and construction for the new improvements in the Phase III area could be developed.
  • Cost: The estimated cost to complete the remaining phases of street improvements is $2,510,000.
  • Funding: Funding for the proposed improvements would come from a variety of funding sources, including direct property assessments.
    • Gas Tax funding would be used to acquire necessary right of way and part of the street widening.
    • Storm drain funds would be used for minor storm drain facility modifications and the elimination of open ditches.
    • CTEP funding is proposed for one-half the sidewalk construction costs and part of the street widening due to bike lane width.
    • The remaining costs would be funded by direct property assessments.