After a year of debate, Council votes “no” to road realignment plan 10 Oct 11

It may have come as an unexpected vote, but it was still a relief to dozens of Prior Lake residents and business owners when the Prior Lake City Council unanimously rejected a long-discussed and controversial proposal to realign County Road 21 through downtown.

The council voted last week to move up the decision by 10 days, and then rejected the proposal at a special meeting Friday night. Council members agreed the project would be too disruptive to homes and businesses along the realignment’s path. The reroute would have required the removal of as many as 34 homes and one business downtown.

Four of the five members instead voted in favor of the “baseline” option for realignment, which would place a median at County Road 21 and Main Avenue, effectively dividing the two halves of downtown.