How Will the Valley Creek Road Construction Impact Woodbury Businesses?

There have been “gripes,” and some stores are telling people to find alternate routes as Washington County fixes up the major arterial roadway.

Will the Valley Creek Road construction project adversely impact business at ?

“Yeah, probably,” said supervisor Kelsey Eide, who had her own troubles getting to work Monday as Washington County began the roadwork near the new frozen-yogurt shop.

Eide said workers at Freeziac have told people they can access the shop from Donegal Drive to the north.

Patch on Monday asked a few places off Valley Creek Road how the construction project would impact their business. The common theme was that there will be issues initially, but people will get used to it.

The project area stretches from Bielenberg Drive to Woodbury, and crews started Monday at the intersection of Valley Creek Road and Woodbury Drive, the busiest in Washington County.


Over at , employees expect some confusion early on, but anticipate people will adjust and find ways to get to the supermarket as the project progresses, said Chris Momsen, assistant store manager.

“You don’t know what you’ll get out there until the cones are finally put down,” he said.

During an interview, Momsen asked another manager if there have been complaints, and the employee said there have been some “gripes” and questions about how to best access Kowalski’s during construction. (Drivers can take Central Park Place if they’re coming from the south.)

Momsen, who seemed fairly well versed about the specifics of the project, said as long as one lane is open in each direction along Valley Creek Road, people will make their way to Kowalski’s OK.

At , there wasn’t a dip in the normal Monday lunch rush, and while few customers mentioned the work, there were no complaints, according to kitchen leader Nicole Rodriguez.

A manager at declined comment.

Washington County—the lead agency on the project—has appointed a specific business liaison, Lyssa Leitner, who can be reached at 651-430-4314 or Lyssa.Leitner@co.washington.mn.us.

Radio Drive is expected to open back up to traffic around Aug. 5, weather permitting. But it will mean plenty of U-turns in the area as that portion of Valley Creek Road is repaired. (No detours will be posted.)

For updates, visit the Washington County webpage dedicated to the project.


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Kris Janisch July 31, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Someone on our Facebook page asked about trails. They will be open until they are fixed up. And people should be able to get through the intersections.


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