Washington County seeks funding for Hadley interchange in Oakdale

  • Updated: April 19, 2014 - 2:00 PM

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Washington County will submit a grant application for federal funds to convert the Hadley Avenue intersection with Hwy. 36, in Oakdale, into an interchange.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is requesting proposals for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants. Federal funding provides 80 percent of total project costs.

A recent study examined the Hwy. 36 corridor between Hadley Avenue/County Road 34 and Hwy. 120 (Century Avenue) and recommended converting two stoplight intersections into interchanges. The interchanges would bring safety improvements, reduce congestion, and encourage economic development, the county said.

The study was a joint effort involving the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Washington County, Ramsey County, and the cities of Oakdale and North St. Paul.

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Stretch of Osgood Av. will close for six days

The north side of the Hwy. 36/Osgood Avenue intersection will close for a six-day period between Hwy. 36 and the North Frontage Road in late April or early May, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said. The closure will allow crews to complete utility work and repave the intersection.

During that time, northbound and southbound drivers won’t have access to and from Hwy. 36. Local residential and business access will be available by following a posted detour, the agency said.


County Commissioner Bearth to seek re-election

Ted Bearth, the District 2 commissioner for Washington County, has announced that he will run for re-election this fall. Bearth was elected in 2012 when he defeated longtime incumbent Bill Pulkrabek.

“Although I had initially planned to serve just one term, I have thoroughly enjoyed serving Washington County and wish to continue with the many positive impacts I have been able to achieve during my time on the board,” Bearth said. “More importantly, many people have been encouraging me to continue serving.”

While on the board, Bearth has worked on countywide economic development, the Moody’s bond rating, and an employee retention program. Bearth, a Marine veteran, is retired from American Can Co. in St. Paul, where he worked for 34 years, and spent 26 years either as mayor or City Council member in Oakdale.

District 2 also covers Birchwood, Willernie, Pine Springs, Landfall, Precinct 2 in Mahtomedi, one ward in White Bear Lake and three precincts in Woodbury.


Lions Club annual garage sale planned for May 8-10

The Woodbury Lions Club’s 37th annual community garage sale will be held from May 8-10.

Proceeds from the sale, which is co-sponsored by the city of Woodbury, will benefit a number of local causes: scholarships and youth development programs, the Woodbury Lions Veterans Memorial, the Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf and “other community service initiatives,” organizers said.

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