Camp 3 Road, Lake Drive and Kettle River Boulevard Intersection Improvement Project
Project Background / Description
The intersection of Kettle River Boulevard and Camp 3 Road has a documented history of crashes, along with non-documented near-miss accidents. Anoka County, in partnership with the City of Columbus, has previously implemented low cost / low impact solutions to this intersection, such as tree clearing and increased signage, to improve the intersection. However, additional larger improvements are needed to further improve the safety of this intersection.
Anoka County and the City of Columbus committed to and conducted an online survey to collect feedback and evaluate the effect of the closure of Camp 3 Road from Kettle River Boulevard to Lake Drive. In the fall of 2021, Camp 3 Road was temporarily closed for the study. In addition, Anoka County also collected traffic data prior to, during, and after the temporary closure, to learn how the traffic patterns of motorists would be affected if Camp 3 Road was to permanently close with no improvements on adjacent City roadways and County Highways.
Findings from the online survey, along with data collected in the scenario to close Camp 3 Road from Kettle River Boulevard to Lake Drive, are summarized as follows:
- The safety issue moved from the intersection of Camp 3 Road and Kettle River Boulevard to Kettle River Boulevard and Lake Drive
- The change in traffic patterns, along with increased traffic volumes at the intersection of Lake Drive and Kettle River Boulevard, raised the following concerns:
- The sight distance for left turn movements from Kettle River Boulevard to Lake Drive should be improved.
- Designated left turn lanes at the intersection of Lake Drive and Kettle River Boulevard will need to be addressed.
- Right turn movements from Lake Drive onto Kettle River Boulevard are not adequate for large vehicles/commercial vehicles.
- The 155th Avenue connection to Kettle River Boulevard should be reviewed, due to its close proximity to the intersection of Lake Drive and Kettle River Boulevard.
- Traffic increased thru the residential neighborhood on 155th Avenue between Potomac Street and Kettle River Boulevard.
- The online survey feedback conveyed that the travel patterns of most motorists, if they lived further than 2-3 miles away from the intersection of Camp 3 and Kettle River Boulevard, did change, in order to avoid the temporary closure of Camp 3.
The feedback and data collected during the study concluded that Camp 3 Road between Kettle River Boulevard and Lake Drive cannot be permanently closed unless improvements are made to the intersection of Kettle River Boulevard and Lake Drive.
Anoka County and the City of Columbus are working together to determine long term safety improvements to this area. A short term option is being considered while long-term improvements and project funding are being determined.
- Apply feedback from residents/commuters affected by the temporary closure of Camp 3 Road to a long-term improvement project
- Improve the safety at the intersections of Camp 3 and Kettle River Boulevard and Kettle River Boulevard and Lake Drive
- Coordinate the safety project with a larger pavement preservation project on Lake Drive within the next 5 years.
Below is an overview of the next steps needed to improve the safety at Camp 3 Road and Kettle River Boulevard:
- Anoka County and the City of Columbus have submitted an application for a Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) grant funds to assist with long-term improvements to the intersection of Kettle River Boulevard and Lake Drive. We are waiting to hear if we succeeded in securing the grant.
- Both Anoka County and the City of Columbus agree a viable short-term solution would be to clear the sight lines at Camp 3 Road and Kettle River Boulevard, in order to increase sight distance in the northeast quadrant.
If you have any questions about the project, or would like to comment on any aspect of the project, please contact any of the representatives below: