Traffic will get back on the “right” side of the street along Valley Creek Road sometime next week.
From Bielenberg Drive to Interlachen Parkway—where traffic has been shifted to one side of the street in both directions—it will still be one lane, however.
Crews will be doing “shoulder work” and cars will be routed to the inside lanes on each side of the median, said Lyssa Leitner, Washington County business liaison.
A date for the switch hasn’t been set, but it is expected to happen next week, she said.
Traffic signals along that stretch of the project—where Valley Creek Road is being reconstructed with mill and concrete overlay—are also expected to become fully operational next week. (They are currently flashing red lights.)
The Woodbury City Council on Wednesday got an update about the project from Public Works Director David Jessup, who acknowledged it is going “slower than we all hoped it would.”
The work is expected to be complete by Nov. 16, after which the contractor would incur penalties, standard practice for roadwork projects, Leitner said.
The project runs from Bielenberg Drive to Woodbury Drive.
During Wednesday night’s meeting, Councilman Christopher Burns wanted to be sure people have full access to City Hall during the Nov. 6 General Election. He said many voters were nonplussed about having to make U-turns to access City Hall during the primary.
Councilwoman Amy Scoggins asked whether there have been more fender-benders along Valley Creek Road during the project. Jessup said there has not been an inordinate increase.
Scoggins said she’s especially cautious while navigating intersections through the construction zones.
“I’ll be very glad when this whole thing is over with,” she said. “I think everybody will.”
The project also includes replacing broken storm sewer pipes, improving the accessibility of pedestrian ramps according to Americans with Disabilities Act standards and guidelines, and upgrading the traffic signal systems along the corridor.
The county has a webpage dedicated to the project.