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Council ponders turn lanes for the Vine and Carmichael intersection

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The Hudson City Council plans to take steps to improve traffic flow at the busy Vine Street (County UU) and Carmichael Road intersection.

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The question is, how elaborate will the project be?

The proposed 2004 capital projects council members approved at their May 17 meeting included $50,000 for the addition of a northbound right-turn lane on Carmichael. The lane would extend 450 feet from Vine Street to the north access to the Faith Community Church parking lot.

Support for adding the lane appeared to be unanimous, but two aldermen questioned whether the addition of a right-turn lane alone would solve congestion problems at the intersection.

Paul Radermacher of District 3 and Dennis O'Connell of District 2 suggested adding a northbound left-turn lane at the same time. They indicated that it would be better - and less expensive - to add the left-turn lane in now, instead of having to in a couple of years.

Dennis Postler of BRA & Associates, the city's engineering firm, noted that the city would have to acquire right-of-way to add the turn lanes. He estimated the cost of the right-turn lane alone at $58,000 and said the left-turn lane might add another $30,000 to the project.

Mayor Jack Breault said the city could use $30,000 from the capital projects contingency fund to pay for the left-turn lane if the council decides to build it.

The property on both the east and west sides of Carmichael Road south of Vine Street is in the town of Hudson.

Council President Scot O'Malley said the city would inform the town that it plans to use the entire existing right-of-way.

The decision on whether to add one or two turn lanes to northbound Carmichael was put off for a future meeting.

Randy Hanson can be reached at rhanson@rivertowns.net.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
(715) 426-1066
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