Officials in Eagan are preparing residents for the onset of the $100 million outlet mall that’s opening this month in the Cedar Grove area, off Hwy. 13.
The grand opening for Twin Cities Premium Outlets is Aug. 14 to Aug. 16.
Disruption should be minimized, officials say, by the fact that the mall won’t open until 10 a.m., after rush hour. Its traffic is spread out during the day, peaking before the evening rush hour.
Traffic studies in the area over 15 years showed a need for $35,000 in improvements, and they are being completed. Among them:
• Signal changes at Diffley and Nicols, plus Hwy. 13 and Silver Bell Road, extend the time for left turns.
• Flashing yellow arrows have been added at Silver Bell Road and Cedar Grove Parkway.
• Sidewalk and crosswalk improvements are being added near the Cedar Grove Transit Station.
The city promises that staffers will be on hand throughout the grand-opening weekend to make sure traffic flows smoothly.
During that weekend, mall employees will use shuttles to get to work, eliminating 600 to 1,000 cars daily from parking lots. Temporary surface lots flanking the city’s new parking ramp will provide an additional 600 spaces.
Even so, the city recommends giving the area a wide berth for fear of congestion.
She’s one of us — and top Navy brass
Northfield High School grad Jodi Jill (Johnson) Greene is now deputy undersecretary of the Navy for policy.
She is the daughter of Donald and Marion Johnson of Northfield.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus presided over a ceremony at the Pentagon.
Greene will advise Mabus on foreign and defense policy, intelligence oversight, security policy, future naval capabilities and readiness.
She enlisted in the Air Force in 1990, then became a civilian Department of Defense employee, serving on the National Security Council from 1995 to 1997. She received a succession of promotions over the years.