A construction change could mean motorists will be following a detour as early as May 23 in relation to the Cypress Drive project.

Landwehr Construction Inc. advised project managers that a traffic control staging change means Industrial Park Road would be opened to traffic, and the College Road/Cypress Drive intersection will be closed for about six consecutive weeks.

Scott Hedlund, senior project manager with Short Elliott Hendrickson, reported there will be a posted detour for College Road traffic. In an email update, Hedlund stated properties on Cypress Drive north of Greenwood Road will need to access from the north during this final stage.

"Please note this schedule is tentative and subject to change due to the weather or other factors," Hedlund stated in a news release. "A public service announcement will be issued when the stage change date is finalized."

Bituminous paving on Industrial Park Road and on Cypress Drive between Basswood Road and Industrial Park Road is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 20, depending on the weather. During paving operations no on street parking will be allowed. Access will be maintained during paving operations.

Construction update

Until the staging change, Cypress Drive north of Basswood Road and the Cypress Drive/Industrial Park Road intersection will remain closed to through traffic with access configurations generally to remain as follows:

• Properties on Industrial Park Road west of Cypress Drive will need to access from the west;

• Properties on Industrial Park Road east of Cypress Drive will need to access from the east;

• Properties on Cypress Drive between Greenwood Road and Industrial Park Road should access from the south from Greenwood Road;

• Properties along Greenwood Road (cul-de-sac) west of Cypress Drive should access from the east on Greenwood Road;

• Properties on Cypress Drive south of Greenwood Road should access from the south.

During construction, access to all properties within the construction zone will be maintained.

Concrete work is still ongoing, Hedlund noted. Property owners directly affected by concrete work at driveways should have been or will be contacted by SEH and or Landwehr Construction representatives regarding temporary access configuration changes or temporary access limitations.

Construction progress

The south leg of the Highway 210/Cypress Drive intersection will remain closed until the new railroad crossing and road are fully constructed in 2019. This also means the westbound Highway 210 left turn lane at Cypress Drive, the northbound Cypress Drive through lanes south of Highway 210, and the eastbound Highway 210 right turn lane at Cypress Drive will all remain closed during this time. Also, until the concrete flat work (pedestrian curb ramps) can be completed, there will be no pedestrian crossings allowed at the Highway 210/Cypress Drive intersection.

There will still be ongoing construction activity adjacent to project roads in 2019 after they are opened to traffic so please use caution when traveling through the work zone.

During the week of May 13, Landwehr Construction Inc. continued to make progress with road building on Industrial Park Road and Cypress Drive between Basswood Road and Industrial Park Road. Work activities included: pond, road, and trail grading activities; work on the aggregate base on the roads; placing aggregate base on trails; street lighting underground work; large pond seeding and tree placement; and concrete and driveway apron work. There has been ongoing work on the new railroad grade crossing by BNSF Railway crews. There has also been significant progress on landscaping of the Excelsior Road/Cypress Drive roundabout.

The week ahead

Landwehr plans to pave the first two lifts of bituminous pavement on Cypress Drive north of Basswood Road and on Industrial Park Road. Concrete driveway and flat work will be ongoing in this same area as well as miscellaneous grading and aggregate base placement behind the curbs, Hedlund stated.

On the portion of the project north of the railroad tracks, landscaping work at the roundabout at Cypress Drive/Excelsior Road should be finalized, and there will be miscellaneous concrete flatwork over the next few weeks. More pavement marking activities are expected this summer on Highway 210 and elsewhere.

The BNSF work-constructing and testing the new railroad grade crossing signals-will be ongoing over the next several weeks, subject to change.

"Again, all planned work is weather dependent and subject to change," Hedlund noted.

Private utility relocation work was mostly completed in 2018 but there will still be some activity on the south end of the project in 2019. Note the private utility companies will resume marking of their existing underground facilities throughout the project limits in 2019. People are asked not to remove the markings or wooden construction stakes as they are necessary for the safety of the construction team and public.