August 23, 2017 06:29 PM
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has offered a $500,000 incentive to Ames Construction to accelerate completion of the Highway 169 project.
Dave Aeikens, a MnDOT Metro District public affairs spokesperson, said the contractor accepted the incentive and the project should be completed one month ahead of schedule.
"We asked the contractor to see if they can get it done a little sooner with the incentive of a half-a-million dollars to get it done by September 26," Aeikens said.
The $64 million dollar project includes an abundance of ramp repairs and road resurfacing.
According to MnDOT, the main focus is replacing the highway bridge over Nine Mile Creek.
"The purpose of the project is to replace the Nine Mile Creek with a causeway," Aeikens said. "There (were) 90,000 people that were using that before we closed it."
Edina resident Lance Grevious said the highway entrance and exit near his home has been closed for quite some time.
But he's patient.
"They have been working hard on it and it would be nice to have it finished," he said.
MnDOT officials said the only hiccup they believe could disturb the flow of the acceleration would be weather.
"Weather is going to be a huge factor in this," Aeikens said. "If we get a lot of rain, that will slow things down and our plans might be delayed."
Updated: August 23, 2017 06:29 PM
Created: August 23, 2017 04:07 PM
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