City of Eagan, Dakota County and ISD 196 officials announced Friday, Nov. 15 they will seek all approvals necessary to have a full school zone — along with speed reductions — in place on a portion of Diffley Road by the time students return in early January from the holiday break.
Completing this change within the desired time frame will require cooperation among and support from the Eagan City Council, Dakota County Board of Commissioners and the ISD 196 School Board. Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire, Dakota County Commissioners Tom Egan and Joe Atkins, and ISD 196 Superintendent Mary Kreger will lead the effort to secure necessary approvals from each of their respective elected bodies.
Feedback from neighbors and parents at a February 2019 open house regarding proposed improvements at Diffley Road and Braddock Trail prompted a broader look at Diffley Road this year, and possible safety improvements expected to be identified in mid-December for additional public input. While officials are seeking input from neighbors and parents at a Dec. 11 open house on safety improvements, recent feedback at city council, county board and town hall meetings demonstrated enough public support to seek an immediate start on the approval process for full school zone and speed reductions. The approval process will provide additional opportunities for public input.
The Dec. 11 open house is expected to provide a matrix of potential safety improvements, including additional, longer-term improvement options, for neighbors and parents to review and weigh in on. Longer-term safety improvements are expected to be selected by March 1. Education and communication with students and parents is a key part of improving safety along this challenging stretch of roadway.