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Continued: Mega-land bridge will rise in Shakopee

  • Article by: DAVID PETERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 6, 2014 - 3:31 PM

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.


David Peterson • 952-746-3285


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  • The new four-lane roadway crossing the Minnesota River flood plain between Shakopee and Chanhassen will create a dramatic new look in the area.

  • Facts about the bridge project

    Formal title: Southwest Reconnection Project

    Length: 4,226-foot four-lane flood plain bridge to Flying Cloud Drive from river bridge; 3,660 feet of Flying Cloud as well

    Construction timing: Summer 2014 to fall 2015

    Protects from: Road-closing high water that has arrived several times since 1993 after not happening at all during the previous quarter-century

    Muck removal: Over 400,000 cubic yards

    Piles driven deep: 408 for the land bridge alone

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