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Island median planned for North Sixth Street

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

North Sixth Street, slated for reconstruction in 2012, could be restored to what it looked like before 1970 with the addition of a center median.

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The Brainerd City Council approved pursuit of a street design for the street that is directly south of Gregory Park. The plan is to put an eight-foot island median, similar to the one on North Eighth Street, between Kingwood and Juniper streets, similar to what was in place before 1971 when the island was removed. The street is wider than most. It previously had a 10-foot island on its 50.2 feet width. City staff researched council minutes from the 1960s and 1970s, but found no reason for the island’s removal. The city reported the Minnesota Department of Transportation requires the south portion of the block to be a one-way.

Brainerd is planning to reconstruct North Sixth Street between the alleys north of Washington Street to Juniper Street.

The proposal is expected to return to the council in February with the council asking MnDOT if the median has to stop at Kingwood or if it can be extended farther and if the street may be repaved all the way to Washington Street rather than leaving some of the old pavement.

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