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Belgrade Test Bump-Out

Background

A common theme expressed during several North Mankato planning studies over the past decade has been the need to improve pedestrian crossings of Belgrade Avenue in downtown. The Belgrade Avenue Corridor Study (completed in July 2017) studied various roadway improvement options in downtown and recommended a bump-out on the south side of Belgrade Avenue at Range Street as an improvement measure.


What is a bump-out?

A bump-out is a type of curb modification used to extend the sidewalk into the roadway area at an intersection. This reduces the crossing distance and improves sight lines for both pedestrians and motorists. Bump-outs do not encroach into the travel lane but instead occupy the parking lane or the 20-30 feet within an intersection area where parking is not legally allowed.


Bump-Out Testing—We need your feedback!

The City is testing the proposed bump-out at Belgrade Avenue/Range Street with temporary materials including paint, movable curb delineators, and decorative planters. The purpose of this test is to gather public input before constructing this improvement permanently. The test period will be in place for approximately one month, weather permitting.


We need your feedback! Try out the bump-out both as a pedestrian and in a vehicle and provide feedback on your experience by completing this survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6QX877D


Note: Other improvements on Belgrade Avenue such as a mid-block bump-out with pedestrian flasher system and potential future lane changes on Belgrade Avenue were also studied. These improvements may be tested with temporary materials at some point in the future, at the city’s discretion.

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