Radio Drive Expansion Will be on Woodbury’s Schedule
The Washington County Board on Tuesday approved a cooperative agreement with Woodbury that will allow the road expansion to proceed earlier as the city plans for a new mixed-use development at the southwest corner of Radio Drive and Bailey Road.
With a new mixed-use development slated for the southwest corner of Radio Drive and Bailey Road, improvements to the county highway there will proceed at Woodbury’s pace.
Coming roadwork plans call for Radio Drive to be expanded from two lanes to four, generally from Bailey Road south to Hargis Parkway.
The Washington County Board on Tuesday approved a cooperative agreement with Woodbury that will allow the city to take the lead on the $2 million project, said County Engineer Wayne Sandberg. Woodbury wanted the improvements to occur sooner than the county’s timeframe, he said, and the agreement opens the door for the city to proceed with the project.
Washington County will use state aid funds for the project and pay for two-thirds of the cost, according to a release from the county.
The design work will begin soon, with construction expected to begin in the spring of 2013, Sandberg said. There will be at least one open house about the project, he said.
"It's a relatively straightforward design," Sandberg said.
The county also plans to repave Radio Drive from the initial project area south to Military Road.
Also, a pedestrian tunnel will be constructed to connect Bielenberg Gardens with the nearby Bielenberg Sports Center. The city received a Metropolitan Council grant for the cost of the tunnel, which will be built closer to the the Bailey-Radio roundabout than Hargis Parkway, Sandberg said.
Plans for Bielenberg Gardens call for retail, commercial and residential growth at the southwest corner of Radio Drive and Bailey Road. Features of the development include a “green-space network,” senior housing, water amenities, office space, a pharmacy, a location for a fast-food establishment, and possibly a grocery store.