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Interest is picking up along 101
Combined with substantial improvements north of the river to the tune of another $20 million, including a safer roundabout in place of the Y intersection, Chanhassen is seeing an awakening of interest in development along 101, Oehme said. The connecting stretches increase lane space from two to four.
“All of 101, not just this stretch, is our city’s No. 1 transportation priority,” Oehme added; it’s not just Scott County’s quest for more lane space for its vital connection to job centers north of the river.
Normally, Chanhassen is much more restrictive on working hours for projects like this, with evening cutoffs of 6 p.m. weekdays and 5 p.m. Saturdays. But, offered the promise of completion of a complex project by fall 2015 with aggressive hours, the request sailed through as a mere consent item on the council agenda.
Shakopee allowed later heavy-duty work than that, but part of the request to both cities is to permit some work to be carried out even after 10 p.m.
In Shakopee, Whiting’s attempt to shave off the cutoff time for pile driving and the like to 9 p.m. instead of 10 died for lack of a second.
“Let’s get this project done,” council member Matt Lehman told colleagues.
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