April 12, 2018 06:40 PM
If you travel Highway 169 in the north metro every day, you already know there's a lot of road work underway.
And it won't take long before the drive in Brooklyn Park and Champlin is filled with even more construction barrels and congestion.
"The resurfacing project will actually kick off in full bore, 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, single-lane traffic starting on April 30," said Kent Barnard of the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
"The Elm Creek Bridge work and the straightening of the curves and all that work will actually start on April 23."
Starting next week, drivers can expect to see off-peak lane closures between East Hayden Lake Road in Champlin and Highway 610 in Brooklyn Park as crews prep the roadway for long-term closures.
Once the lane restrictions go into place 24-7 at the end of the month, there will be major traffic delays.
A much shorter stretch of roadway between the Mississippi River and East Hayden Lake Road will be single-lane starting April 23 as crews replace the Elm Creek Bridges in Champlin.
"We're hoping people can find alternate routes if possible," Barnard said. "Maybe stagger their trips to the less-busy time of the day."
MnDOT is urging drivers to be patient and use good judgment as they navigate around all the construction barrels.
"Another big concern the city has had, and I have to agree with them, is people driving through the neighborhoods and maybe not obeying the traffic laws the way they should," Barnard said.
Currently, there is a severe curve in the roadway along Highway 169 near West River Road in Champlin.
For safety reasons, crews will soften and realign the roadway. While it won't completely straighten out the highway, the change will be noticeable.
The new segment is being built west of the current roadway.
The city is also constructing a pedestrian and bicycle underpass beneath the highway at West River Road.
All work along Highway 169 is expected to be complete in October.
Updated: April 12, 2018 06:40 PM
Created: April 12, 2018 06:55 AM
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