The Minden City Council took action to improve pedestrian safety during the December 20 regular meeting.
With the addition of a third restaurant and Dollar General north of the Highway 10 & 6/34 intersection as well as the Legion ballfield and fairgrounds, foot and bicycle traffic has increased. For the past five years, the City has been working with the State of Nebraska and BNSF to create a pedestrian crosswalk at the intersection of Highway 10 & 6/34. Although the long term goal is to create a walking path from Highway 6/34 to the fairgrounds on the east side of Brown Avenue, the immediate concern is creating a safe pedestrian crossing at the intersecting highways.
The project presented to the council includes pedestrian crossing signs and bars on each side of the railroad tracks paid for by the state. BNSF will provide the appropriate panels to go over the tracks. The City will be responsible for approximately $30,000 for engineering, asphalt between the railroad tracks, ADA ramps, and concrete sidewalks on each side of the crossing as well as any additional permit fees required by BNSF.
see December 29 Courier for full story