Eden Prairie proudly and rightfully touts its safety and focus on the quality of life, two closely related aspects of daily living.
Yet, anyone who travels via foot or bike on Riverview Road between Gantry Way and Parker Drive is forced to walk those 800 feet IN and ON the poorly lit, narrow “country road” that now serves basically as a trunk road for drivers heading to Highway 169.
There was an error at some point on the part of the city by not requiring the developer of Bell Oaks and/or Bell Oaks Estate to complete that stretch of sidewalk.
Many of those homes have already been assessed for the development. It is an extremely dangerous stretch of road to traverse on foot, and few drivers obey the posted 30 mph. I know; I’m there every day — now in the dark — walking our dog. It’s scary, and it’s infuriating. The city’s assertion that this winding, hilly, poor visibility, accident-prone in winter weather, antiquated road is “good for another 10-20 years” is preposterous, and it’s irresponsible.
Forget about the road itself; FINISH THE SIDEWALK. It’s a public safety issue.