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Portion of County Road 61 in Chaksa to open Wednesday

Here is some good news and bad news for commuters in the southwest metro.

The good news is that County Road 61 between Bluff Creek Drive and Great Plains Blvd. allowing motorists to go from Chanhassen to Chaska will open at 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation says. The connection has been closed since May to allow crews to build a new bridge across the floodplain north of the Minnesota River channel to raise the roadway out of the 100-year flood elevation.

The $54 million project also includes rebuilding the "Y" intersection at County Roads 101 and 61, which also known as Flying Cloud Drive.

Now for the bad news. The County Road 101 bridge linking Shakopee with Chanhassen will be closed form 6 p.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Saturday as crews pour  the new causeway bridge. It's a long detour, Hwy. 169 to Hwy 41 and on County Hwy. 61. Thankfully it is a short closure.

Going forward, motorists can expect alternating lane closures on County Road 101 between Shakopee and Flying Cloud Drive through Nov. 24. The lane closures will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

St. Paul asks residents for feedback regarding Snow Emergency procedures



The leaves will be falling soon, and behind that snow. To that end, the St. Paul Public Works Department is taking a survey to get feedback that will be used to better serve residents to improve its winter road maintenance and snow emergency procedures.

Specifically the department is asking residents for their expectations concerning winter street maintenance and snow emergencies and how satisfied residents have been with those services in the past.

Surveys are being mailed to randomly selected residents. A version of the survey is also on line.

The city has enlisted the services of QEM, Inc. to ask residents "what should be done" when the city declares a snow emergency. The Public Works Department declares a ‘Snow Emergency’ after snowfalls of 3 inches or more, or after an accumulation of 3 inches or more from several snowfalls.

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