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The potential impact on the Scott County side is hard to gauge. If it keeps south-metro residents closer to home in quest of meals and the like, or reroutes more traffic west to Hwy. 101, it could actually help a business like McCormick’s Mr. Pig Stuff, in its new quarters on the eastern edge of Shakopee along 101.
But it feels like some quiet days are approaching for businesses such as Irvin’s West Side Perk coffee shop, along Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington, just east of the highway.
Scott County officials just got done compiling statistics for population and employment along Hwy. 169, for purposes of lobbying for the location of rapid busway stations. So the magnitude of the effects isn’t hard to find:
• At Old Shakopee Road, for instance, in 2010, about 35,000 people lived within a two-mile radius, while nearly 10,000 people had jobs within that same radius.
• At Canterbury Road (County Road 83) in Shakopee, the comparable numbers were about 31,000 population in 2010 and about 12,000 jobs.
The bridge was built in 1993, and the life cycle for joints is 20 years. Officials have pictures that indicate substantial deterioration, with salt and water reaching the substructure and attacking it.
The end date is being expressed as just “late August,” and things can always change.
David Peterson • 952-746-3285