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Kinni pulls back the reins for altering Liberty Road

At its Tuesday, Aug. 5 regular meeting, the Kinnickinnic Town Board decided to hold off going ahead with extensive “improvements” to Liberty Road.

This is after the town got a big matching state grant of almost $900,000 to remove curves so the road would be straighter and drivable at higher speeds.

The grant application to the state was made by the town’s Road Committee.

Some residents living on Liberty have voiced opposition to reconstructing the road.

Town Board Supervisor Dave Nelson felt the Road Committee should have notified the board of its plans to pursue the grant instead of “all of a sudden saying, ‘Hey, we have this big grant.’ Now we have a little bit of a mess on our hands,” Nelson said.

The Town Board later determined it has three options regarding the Liberty Road project:

  • Turn down the grant and redo Liberty Road without assistance when it’s time for improvements.
  • Verify the current and projected traffic numbers, and accept the grant.
  • Apply for a design exception that would not eliminate the curves and anticipate a smaller grant.

The board requested that town engineer David Simons attend a board meeting to provide details about all options regarding the Liberty Road project, as well as current traffic numbers and state traffic projections.

The board also discussed the continuing problem of handling stray dogs and a request for more money to maintain the local cemetery from the Kinnickinnic Cemetery Association.

--By Beth Cedarholm

For the complete story, please see the Aug. 14 print edition of the River Falls Journal.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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