Heads up, motorists: speed limit to be lowered on County Road B in Roseville

The speed limit on nearly one mile of County Road B will be lowered to 30 miles per hour starting mid-September. (submitted graphic)

The city of Roseville will soon reduce the speed limit on its newly-acquired western portion of County Road B.

The reduction decreases the speed limit from 40 miles per hour to 30 on the section of the thoroughfare from Cleveland Avenue to its end just east of Hwy. 280.

The road was originally under the jurisdiction of Ramsey County, but was transferred to the city Aug. 12. The city and county had been in talks since 2007 to transfer the road to Roseville, city engineer Marc Culver said.

"In 2007, when the [Interstate 35W] bridge collapsed, [the Minnesota Department of Transportation] lost an interstate ... and needed a way to move traffic. They decided to use [Hwy.] 280 as their prime alternative," Culver explained. At that time, the county closed off the intersection where County Road B joined Hwy. 280 to improve traffic flow.

Culver added that the two governing bodies had already been in talks to transfer jurisdiction before the bridge collapsed.

"We had been wanting to [close the signalized intersection] for a long time," Culver added. "All parties involved knew that the connection wouldn't be restored."

City council members unanimously voted to declare the zone along that portion of County Road B an "urban district" at its Aug. 25 meeting. That will let the city lower the speed limit to 30 miles per hour due to the residential makeup of the surrounding area.

A new pedestrian pathway, an extension of the shoulder, is also being constructed along the south side of County Road B west of Cleveland Avenue and is expected to be complete by the end of September.

"The new pathway, once completed, will effectively narrow the eastbound lanes of County Road B, further altering the character of the roadway," a statement from the city reads. Culver added that the "long discussed" pedestrian facility is being installed with Park Renewal Program bonds.

The new speed limit must be approved by MnDOT before it becomes official, and police enforcement of the new speed limit will begin when the new signage is installed mid-September. 

For more information about the County Road B pathway project, visit www.cityofroseville.com/index.aspx?NID=2645.

--Johanna Holub

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