BAXTER-Concrete work is underway with pavement on the horizon for the Cypress Drive construction project in Baxter.

Concrete work started Friday, May 10, and will remain in progress over the next week or so, according to a news release. Landwehr Construction advised over the next week it plans to primarily focus on road building for this phase of the project, as well as to continue miscellaneous grading and aggregate base placement activities on Cypress Drive north of Basswood Road and on Industrial Park Road. Concrete curb and driveway work will be ongoing. Paving could start by the end of the week.

Property owners directly affected by concrete 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. Concrete typically needs seven days to properly cure. During this cure time, some affected property owners will likely need to park on the road.

Cypress Drive north of Basswood Road and the Cypress Drive/Industrial Park Road intersection will remain closed to through traffic until further notice.

During construction, access to all properties within the construction zone will be maintained, Scott Hedlund, senior project manager stated in the release.

Until further notice, the 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; and

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

On the portion of the project north of the railroad tracks, there will be ongoing intermittent landscaping work at the roundabout at Cypress Drive/Excelsior Road and miscellaneous concrete flatwork over the next few weeks.

BNSF crews began working on the new railroad grade crossing last week. Work on the crossing will be ongoing over the next couple of weeks, subject to change. All planned work is weather dependent and subject to change.

The south leg of the State 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.

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. The public is asked to not remove the markings as they are necessary for the safety of the construction team and public, the release stated.

Reminder, there will still be ongoing construction activity adjacent to project roads in 2019 after they are opened to traffic so drivers are asked to use caution when traveling through the work zone.

The week of May 6, Landwehr Construction Inc. completed the underground pipe work and made significant progress with road building on Industrial Park Road and Cypress Drive between Basswood Road and Industrial Park Road. Work activities over the last week included: dewatering for underground pipe work and pond grading, sewer service work, storm sewer, pond and road grading activities, installing street lighting conduit, placing aggregate base on the roads, and concrete curb work. On the portion of the project north of the railroad tracks, the contractor planted trees.

For more information, contact SEH's lead construction observer Mark Johannes at 320-250-3017 or contact Hedlund at 218-855-1705 or shedlund@sehinc.com.