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  • Last update: August 6, 2013 - 4:07 PM

Upcoming road improvements in Prior Lake have to do with a lot more than just the roads themselves, officials say.

In a column on the city’s website, Mayor Ken Hedberg outlines major work coming up and stresses the environmental benefits.

Installation of streets and utilities in the city’s Welcome Avenue Industrial Park, he says, will help keep pollutants from reaching city wells.

“We’ve realized for a decade that the underground source of most of our city drinking water flows right under this area [referred to as our ‘wellhead’ area]. For all that time, we have known just how important it is to protect our wellhead and ensure that our water supply isn’t subject to potential contamination. This project will give us that wellhead protection.”

Another big project is the intersection and approaching roads at the north entrance to downtown and Lakefront Park.

“This intersection has seen terrible traffic congestion and an unacceptable level of accidents for many years,” the mayor writes. “Finally we’ll be able to fix these problems. In addition, this project will create a much more attractive and functional entrance to downtown from the north and east, and we’ll install another monument sign highlighting this.”


‘Eco tour’ for seniors scheduled next week

Burnsville residents age 62 and older are invited next week to take a peek at what the city is doing for the environment.

A free tour on Tuesday starts at City Hall with a presentation on work to maintain water quality. Then there’s a coach tour of these locations:

• The Shakopee tribe’s organics recycling facility, composting food and yard waste.

• The new Lions Playground at Cliff Fen Park.

• A nature walk at Sunset Pond Park, led by city staff.

• A picnic lunch at Terrace Oaks Park.

Lunch and coach bus transportation to all locations are included. Register by today by calling 952-895-4511.

The tour runs from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The program will start promptly at 8:35 a.m. and transportation will leave at 8:55 a.m. Tour is rain or shine. Wear walking shoes.


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