The CSAH 7 (Division Street) corridor is approximately 1.5 miles long and is located just to the southwest of the Bemidji city limits. Stonebrooke was selected to prepare a traffic study and model for the entire corridor as well as provide preliminary and final design. This project involves the study, design and implementation of traffic improvements along CSAH 7 from the intersection of CSAH 14 to the intersection of CSAH 11 South. A new elementary school is being planned at the west end of the corridor and Bemidji High School is located in the middle of the corridor. The peaking characteristics of the elementary and high schools make this corridor particularly challenging.
The operational analysis indicated that either roundabouts or traffic signals would accommodate the expected area traffic. However, due to similar costs and significant safety benefits, roundabouts were recommended at the Becida, Adams, High School East Entrance and Jefferson intersections. In addition to providing final design services for these improvements, Stonebrooke will be assisting public informational meetings as well as roundabout education/outreach assistance.