Spring is finally here, and the warmer weather means road construction is not far behind.
A major road construction project on Highway 36 and Manning Avenue with a price tag of $32 million will start sometime in May or June within the cities of Stillwater, Grant, Lake Elmo, Oak Park Heights and Stillwater Township. The intent of the project is to construct a bridge on Manning Avenue that will go over Highway 36.
“This is a big project which took five years to plan and will take two years to complete,” Washington County Public Works Design Engineer Frank Ticknor said.
Goals for the project:
• Address the existing deficiencies, including the inadequate intersection spacing, increased congestion and delays, and safety concerns.
• Apply access management guidelines to the Manning Avenue corridor while accommodating access needs of existing businesses, residential properties, potential development and individual property owners.
• Improve safety, capacity and operation of the Highway 36 and Manning Avenue intersection and surrounding area.
• Utilize a comprehensive agency and public engagement process to achieve community acceptance.
• Consider bicycle, pedestrian and ADA facilities along the Manning Avenue corridor.
According to Ticknor, Manning Avenue north of 36 will be closed and a detour will be provided. “We are also building a temporary road south of 36 for the Sanctuary neighborhood,” he said.
Construction in Oak Park Heights
An intersection realignment on Osgood Avenue (County Highway 24) and Highway 36 will begin later this summer sometime in August or September and will take approximately two months to complete. “It will make traffic there much better for drivers,” Ticknor said.
Construction in Scandia
A pavement preservation construction project on Olinda Trail (County Highway 3) in Scandia is scheduled to begin in May or June.
Proposed improvements include:
• Full-depth replacement of pavement.
• An increase in road and shoulder pavement thickness.
• Culvert cleaning and driveway culvert replacements (property owners will be contacted prior to beginning work).
• New signing and striping.
• Mailbox replacements.
• Maintaining driveway access to and from the roadway, including gravel tapers.
• Keeping roads open to traffic; however, drivers should expect delays, periodic lane closures, and the presence of flaggers.
“This is a smaller project with no major detours, and we can keep the road open for residents,” Ticknor said. “It should only take a couple of months to finish.”
For construction updateds, go to co.washington.mn.us/list.aspx?listID=333.