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Paynesville Press - July 21, 2004

Township to consider closing of Lake Koronis Road to thru-traffic

By Bonnie Jo Hanson

Paynesville Township has been petitioned to consider closing a section of Lake Koronis Road to thru-traffic by vehicles during the summer months.

The board of supervisors will hold a public meeting to hear input about the proposal on Monday, July 26, at 8:15 p.m. at the township hall, located on the south end of the Koronis Civic Arena.

The township board received a petition from over 40 neighboring landowners to consider the temporary closing of part of the road.

lake koronis road Reasons for closing the road center on safety. Lake Koronis Road is narrow but receives a lot of vehicle traffic, a lot of pedestrian traffic, and a lot of pedestrian cross-traffic, as neighboring landowners cross it to get to Lake Koronis.

Paynesville Township will hold a public hearing on closing a section of Lake Koronis Road from May through September on Monday, July 26. A barricade could be installed at the intersection of Lake Koronis Road and Crosswood Road, preventing thru-traffic by vehicles but allowing pedestrian traffic. The road would still have an entrance off Old Lake Road.

The petition to the township board asks that the section of Lake Koronis Road from Grandview Resort to Veteran's Memorial Park be closed to thru-traffic from May 1 to October 1 each year.

If the township board agrees, closing this section of the road could be accomplished by erecting a barricade at the intersection of Lake Koronis Road and Crosswood Road, by Grandview Resort. This barricade would prevent vehicles from continuing to travel east on Lake Koronis Road while still allowing pedestrian traffic.

Landowners would still be able to use Lake Koronis Road by entering on the east end, by Veteran's Memorial Park. This section of Lake Koronis Road would essentially become a cul-de-sac if the proposal is adopted by the township board.

The township board could make a decision about the road closing following the public hearing on Monday, July 26, or wait to make a decision at a later date.

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