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Cypress Drive will close to through traffic Monday

Cypress Drive closed to through traffic between Greenwood Road and Industrial Park Road starting Monday, Sept. 24. Contractor Landwehr advised beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, Cypress Drive will be closed to through traffic for up to two consecutive w...

Vehicles travel the new roundabout on Excelsior Road by Cub Foods and Boomer Pizza as work progresses nearby. Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch
Vehicles travel the new roundabout on Excelsior Road by Cub Foods and Boomer Pizza as work progresses nearby. Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch

Cypress Drive closed to through traffic between Greenwood Road and Industrial Park Road starting Monday, Sept. 24.

Contractor Landwehr advised beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, Cypress Drive will be closed to through traffic for up to two consecutive weeks for construction of underground utilities. Property access along Cypress Drive will be maintained during construction via Cypress Drive from the south. Industrial Park Road will remain open. In an email update Friday, Scott Hedlund, Short Elliott Hendrickson senior project manager, asked motorists to monitor the construction signage for any changes and drive with caution in the work area. There will be a posted detour for Cypress Drive through traffic.

On Oct. 1, beginning at 7 p.m., Landwehr reported Cypress Drive should be opened to through traffic north of Highway 210. At that time only right turns off of and on to westbound Highway 210 will be allowed at Cypress Drive, Hedlund stated. No left turns will be allowed on to or off of Highway 210 at Cypress Drive until the traffic signal there is up and operational. The current anticipated traffic signal startup date of late November/December is contingent upon the specialty traffic signal equipment delivery date, which has been delayed by the supplier beyond the control of the city, Landwehr, and SEH, Hedund said.

Golf Course Drive to close for up to 30 days

To stay ahead of the weather, also beginning at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1, access to Highway 210 at Golf Course Drive will be closed for up to 30 consecutive days for removal of the existing traffic signal and reconstruction of the intersection.

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During this time no turns will be allowed off of or onto Highway 210 at Golf Course Drive. Golf Course Drive from Fairview Road to the north will remain open. When construction is complete this fall, Golf Course Drive at Highway 210 will be a 3/4 intersection where the only left turns allowed will be from Highway 210. Hedlund noted there are similar such intersections in Baxter on Highway 371 at Clearwater Road and Highway 210 at Elder Drive.

There will still be ongoing construction activity adjacent to project roads in both 2018 and 2019 as after they are opened to traffic so please use caution when traveling through the work zone, Hedlund said.

Landwehr planned to pour concrete curb and gutter on Cypress Drive between the railroad tracks and Excelsior Saturday, Sept. 22. This week, the company plans to continue with concrete work, final grading of the aggregate base, paving, and sanitary sewer lift station rehab work on and along Cypress Drive north of the tracks. There will also be ongoing traffic signal and lighting system underground work, and pertinent grading activities. Underground pipe work and grading activities south of the railroad tracks will be ongoing.

Landwehr also plans to begin installation of the storm sewer lift station and pipes connecting it to the existing and new ponds located in the southwest and southeast quadrants of the Cypress Drive/Industrial Park Road intersection starting Monday. This work necessitates an up to two-week closure of Cypress Drive between Greenwood Road and Industrial Park Road as summarized above. This schedule is weather dependent and subject to change.

Private utility relocation work along Industrial Park Road, Cypress Drive between Industrial Park Road and College Road and along College Road-going strong again the week of Sept. 17-is anticipated to start winding down over the next few weeks. There will continue to be intermittent utility relocation work north of the railroad tracks in 2018 as well but it is continuing to ramp down. Private utility companies will continue ongoing marking of their existing underground facilities as construction progresses in 2018 and 2019. People are asked to not remove the markings as they are necessary for the safety of the construction team and public.

There will be ongoing construction staking by SEH and Landwehr Construction during the 2018 and 2019 construction seasons. This is the Excelsior Road and Edgewood Drive Improvement project update for September 21, 2018.

Excelsior Road

The contractor recently completed the remaining curb and gutter and paved the base course in the parking lot and circulation roads in the area around the strip mall by Boomer Pizza, the new Edgewood Drive and the Cub Foods parking lot area. They continued working in the boulevards behind the curb and gutter placing black dirt, working on the irrigation systems, installing signs, placing sod and installing trees, Chuck Rickart, project manager and principal as WSB & Associates reported in a weekly update. Parking and access is provided for Cub Foods, the strip mall, Holiday and Cash Wise Liquor on the new paved connections and parking lots.

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This week, the contractor will be completing the concrete "flat" work, including pedestrian ramps, sidewalks, concrete pads, etc. in the areas adjacent to the new Edgewood Drive around the Boomer Pizza and the strip mall, Holiday, Cash Wise Liquor and Cub Foods, Rickart stated. In addition the contractor is planning to complete the final paving on the new Edgewood Drive and the parking lots. They also will be completing the work in the boulevard areas. Similar to the past several weeks access to the business and parking will be provided during these construction activities. Specific signing will be provided directing traffic to open accesses to the local businesses.

As indicated in past updates, no access to or from Edgewood Drive will be provided from Excelsior Road until the work adjacent to Cub Foods and the strip mall and Boomer Pizza is completed and open to traffic, Rickart stated. This will occur after the final bituminous wear is placed and the roadway signing and striping is completed.

At this time it is anticipated the roadway would open sometime late in the week of Oct. 1 or early the week of Oct. 8. Until the roadway is opened, access to the businesses that have driveways on Excelsior Road is open to normal traffic. Access to the businesses on Edgewood Drive is provided through the Highway 371 and Design Drive intersection. Traffic exiting the area to the north will need to use Edgewood Drive to Woida Road. Signs are in place directing traffic to the Edgewood Drive businesses. Signing is provided directing traffic to these access locations.

This five-phase project is nearing completion with site improvements for the new Edgewood Drive and Cub Foods site expected to continue to Sept. 28 and work on the Boomer Pizza parking lot taking place Oct. 1-12. Substantial completion with all roads and parking open to traffic is expected on or before Oct. 12. Final completion is expected by Nov. 16. Everything depends on the weather.

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