We reviewed the transit options, and as local residents, have serious concerns.
Our large subdivision of Powers Lake will be located just south of the planned bus station at Woodbury Dr. and Hudson Rd. The second location for centralized transit at Manning Ave, along the “Hudson Rd. alignment”, is another location that will impact us. Our family travels these roads frequently. We travel Woodbury Dr. every day and cross the intersection of Woodbury Dr. and Hudson Rd. multiple times per day.
Below are local concerns that we will share with our immediate neighbors and neighboring communities (HOAs); these bus stations will have a direct negative impact on our area’s living standards.
- Traffic Safety Both intersections have histories of serious accidents. We have witnessed them often, and their frequency is increasing. Police Officers (friends)have told us that these intersections are considered dangerous/deadly in Woodbury.
- Congestion Increased car and bus traffic will follow the new bus stations. The bus schedule will dictate when congestion is worse, but with cars and buses entering and leaving the park & ride lot, the intersection will be overcrowded. This will impact our ability to access HWY 94, Lake Elmo Park, communities north, and local businesses- grocery stores, gas stations, banks, eateries, etc.
- Pedestrian/Bike Safety Our family walks and bike rides Woodbury Dr. nearly every day during the warm months. The intersection at Woodbury Dr. & Hudson Rd. are already a nightmare to cross. The increased traffic, especially the large buses, will obstruct views and encourage
impatient drivers to take risks. Our son was almost hit last summer with current traffic. Add outside drivers who don’t know Woodbury, have no investment in Woodbury, and there is an increased risk of incidents.
- Road Repairs Increased traffic means increased damage to roads. Continuous road construction will follow the bus stations.
- Commute Given family needs, we are unable to use the bus/rail transit options, yet our commute time to work and activities will increase with the added concentrated congestion. Increase in time and inconvenience is not good for property value or quality of life.
- Traffic Patterns Local residents will start avoiding Woodbury Dr. and Hudson Rd. by using residential roads and parking lots to miss congestion (think Valley Creek bus routes). Speeding will increase and safety issues in neighborhoods may follow.
- Pollution More cars-more buses-more concentrated pollution. The emissions will be worse in our area with more cars and buses. The buses will be “visual” pollution—slow moving eyesores.
We live in Woodbury to escape these traffic issues. We also value the natural beauty of open space in Washington County and respect its local priorities. Outsiders push unwelcomed changes to Woodbury to serve special interest needs and offer no concern for local residents. I know this after participating on the County HRA Board and hearing plans for increased transient housing or multi-unit housing, all of which, encourages mass transit.
The transit plans are a self-fulfilling prophecy, they will increase traffic in this area through its invitation to outside commuters. We know; we have experienced this type of planning in Illinois where I served on traffic committees in both Naperville and Chicago. I also researched and fought similar initiatives as President of our Homeowners Association. These plans MUST consider the impact on Woodbury’s local residents first and foremost. Please address each of these concerns with your neighbors and taxpayers. Give us a pledge that these problems won’t follow the proposed transit options.
Paul and Marisa Novak
Woodbury, MN 55129