Paving of the College Road/Cypress Drive intersection may begin as early as Friday, June 14.

In a news release, Scott Hedlund of Short Elliott Hendrickson said road building is the focus for contractor Landwehr Construction through the upcoming week, including concrete work and bituminous street paving.

On Cypress Drive between Basswood Road and the railroad tracks and on Industrial Park Road, they are planning ongoing concrete and bituminous driveway work, and miscellaneous grading, topsoil, tree planting and turf restoration activities behind the curbs.

On the portion of the project north of the railroad tracks, there will continue to be miscellaneous concrete flatwork, paving, signal, grading and turf restoration over the next few weeks. There will also be more pavement marking activities coming this summer on Highway 210 and elsewhere.

BNSF and the Minnesota Department of Transportation work testing the new railroad grade crossing signals and their interaction with the traffic signal at Highway 210/Cypress Drive will be ongoing over the next several weeks, subject to change.

All planned work is weather dependent and subject to change.

Construction progress

The week of June 3, Landwehr Construction Inc. was primarily focused on underground pipe work, grading, and concrete curb at the College Road/Cypress Drive intersection area. There was also ongoing construction off the roadway on Industrial Park Road and both on and off the roadway along Cypress Drive between Basswood Road and Industrial Park Road. Work activities over the last week included: road and trail grading activities; placing aggregate base on trails; concrete flatwork for driveway aprons, medians and curb; bituminous driveway paving; street lighting; and tree planting. North of the railroad tracks the work activities this week included miscellaneous concrete flatwork and work on the railroad traffic signal system.

Contact

For more information, contact SEH's lead construction observer Mark Johannes at 320-250-3017. If Johannes is not available, contact Hedlund at 218-855-1705 or shedlund@sehinc.com.

The 24-hour emergency contact for the construction prime contractor is Clint Christians, superintendent at Landwehr Construction, at 320-248-0889.

Access

Industrial Park Road remains open to traffic with construction work being done along that corridor, and the College Road/Cypress Drive intersection area will remain closed through early July.

There are posted detours for College Road traffic.

Until further notice, the access configurations in the project area are as follows:

• Properties on Cypress Drive south of College Road will need to access from the south,

• Properties on Cypress Drive between College Road and Industrial Park Road will need to access from the north,

• Properties along Basswood Road (cul-de-sac) east of Cypress Drive will need to access from the north,

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

• Properties along College Road west of Cypress drive should access from the west, and

• Properties along College Road east of Cypress drive should access from the east.

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

Concrete and bituminous driveway work is still ongoing. Property owners directly affected by work at driveways should have been or will be contacted by Short Elliott Hendrickson and or Landwehr Construction representatives regarding temporary access configuration changes or temporary access limitations.

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.

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