Brooklyn Park Council Expresses Concern Over Hwy 252 After Death of Girl
The death of an 8-year-old girl last week on Hwy. 252 at 66th Avenue sparked concern from Brooklyn Park City Council members over the safety of the road.
Minnesota State Patrol said the vehicle was headed south on Highway 252 at 66th Avenue when the driver struck and killed 8-year-old Iliana Tasso of Brooklyn Center.
MnDOT says the road is in need of improvements and repairs and sees a high number of traffic crashes. Engineers are currently studying how a potential construction project could affect the neighborhoods surrounding 252.
Brooklyn Park council members spoke in the council comment portion of the meeting to express condolences and concern about the road.
Council member Wynfred Russell offered his “profound condolences” to the family.
“It’s something we’ve been discussing for a very long time,” said Russell, continuing that it’s something “to get to as soon as possible because more and more people keep getting killed on that road.”
Mayor Lisa Jacobson said she didn’t have words over the loss of another child on that busy stretch of roadway.
“I don’t even have words to say what it is to lose another life and yet a young child on that roadway while we try to figure out how to make it safer,” said Jacobson.
Construction is not scheduled to begin on the road until 2026. You can learn more about the current study here.