November 10, 2017 08:32 AM
We're already rolling through fall and on our way to winter.
But that doesn't mean road construction season is over - as anyone driving Highway 169 in the northwest metro can attest to.
The city of Champlin and the Minnesota Department of Transportation have begun work on a project replacing the two Elm Creek bridges in the area, as well as making other improvements between East Hayden Lake Road and the Mississippi River.
MnDOT has also obtained funding for additional repairs, including resurfacing and safety improvements on Highway 169 between East Hayden Lake Road and Highway 610.
That means alternating lane closures on Highway 169 from Brooklyn Park through Champlin until the middle of November.
The projects themselves are scheduled to run through the fall of 2018.
"And I want to make it real clear to people too," MnDOT's Kent Barnard said. "We're not going to be single-lane traffic through this stretch over the winter. Single-lane traffic is not going to start until next spring."
When the project is finished, 169 in Champlin will look a lot different. The big curve that greets drivers coming to or heading off the bridge from Anoka? It will be gone when crews realign the highway.
There are also plans to build a pedestrian/bicyclist underpass beneath the highway near Elm Creek.
"There are trails throughout the area along the Mississippi River and we want to have a safe way for bicyclists and pedestrians to cross beneath the roadway," Barnard said.
Updated: November 10, 2017 08:32 AM
Created: November 06, 2017 02:55 PM
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