Get ready for some roadwork.
A major is set to begin July 23. The road will be rebuilt from Bielenberg Drive to Woodbury Drive.
Here’s a rundown.
The Radio Drive intersection will be shut down for about three days at the outset of the project, but people will be able to make right turns, said Cory Slagle, the county’s engineering and construction manager. Drivers are expected to make U-turns, he said.
County officials have had discussions with the city’s about the work at that intersection. “This works for them,” Slagle said.
The Radio Drive-Valley Creek Road intersection is the busiest in Washington County.
Valley Creek Road from Bielenberg Drive to Interlachen Parkway will be rebuilt with concrete. That portion of the project is expected to be complete in October.
Asphalt will be used for the stretch of road from Interlachen Parkway to Woodbury Drive (County Road 19); that should be done by November.
Trails along the roadway will also be repaired, and there will be some spot utility improvements where needed. Also, pedestrian ramps will be upgraded to align with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
While crews are working on the road between Bielenberg Drive to Interlachen Parkway, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. There won’t be any detours, Slagle said.
Access to all business and residential areas will be maintained, though it may be limited at times during construction. No permanent changes to roadway access will be made.
The mill and asphalt overlay portion—from Interlachen Parkway to Woodbury Drive—will be constructed under traffic with flaggers on either side of the work area.
Turn signals along the stretch of road being fixed up will be updated with flashing yellow lights, Slagle said. They will also be repainted.
The company came in with the low bid for the project—$3.267 million.
The project—part of the county’s five-year capital improvement plan—will be paid for with 2011 county bonds.
There will also be financial incentives for the construction company to finish the work promptly, according to a press release from the county.
Washington County has set up a webpage specifically for the project.
Also, there will be regular meetings with area business owners to keep them up to date on the project, Slagle said.
The project has its own Twitter feed: @ValleyCreekRoad.
People can also contact:
Business Liaison Lyssa Leitner: 651-430-4314 or Lyssa.Leitner@co.washington.mn.us.
Project Manager Jacob Gave: 651-430-4316 or Jacob.Gave@co.washington.mn.us.