Changes to Road Were Planned Before Crash that Killed Lakeville Teen

Updated: 12/06/2013 8:03 AM
Created: 12/05/2013 8:50 PM
By: Cassie Hart

Changes are planned for a stretch of Dodd Boulevard in Lakeville, but some wonder if those changes will come soon enough.

Sixteen-year-old Alyssa Ettl died in a two car crash on the road, south of 190th Street, Wednesday morning. People who live nearby say they think that portion of the road is too narrow. On top of that, there's a curve in the road and the speed limit is 55 miles per hour. So when snow and ice enter the mix, there's not much room for error.

"It can be a challenge or dangerous at this time of the year," said Lakeville resident Ben Osborn. "You slide a little bit and you're off the edge or you're into oncoming traffic."

Lakeville City Administrator Steven Mielke says changes were already in the works before Wednesday's crash. He says turning lanes will be added this year, and the two lane stretch will become four lanes in 2018.

"It's too soon to tell whether or not this will cause the road to be done sooner," Mielke explained. "We'll look at this road along with all the other roads and the council just has to prioritize based on available funding."

Osborn says the changes are long overdue, especially with all of the development in Lakeville in recent years.

"The developments went up and the roads just kind of got forgotten about and now it's playing catch up and it's unfortunate that a tragedy had to happen," he said.

Reached by phone, Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows said he has concerns about the road, too.

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