Highway's opening should help alleviate congestion in southwest metro.
Commuting in the southwest metro area just got a bit easier, now that a 6-mile portion of the new Hwy. 212 is open.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday officially marked the opening of the stretch of highway from Dell Road in Eden Prairie to Hwy. 41 in Chaska. Its opening gives drivers a nonstop route from Chaska to Eden Prairie with the four-lane highway extending all the way to Interstate 494.
Interchanges at Hwy. 101, Powers Boulevard and Hwy. 41 also opened.
The much-anticipated opening of the portion of the new Hwy. 212, also labeled Hwy. 312, is expected to alleviate congestion in the southwest metro area. Earlier this fall, eager motorists ignored "road closed" signs and drove around barriers and pylons designed to keep them off the highway.
The construction is part of a larger project rerouting Hwy. 212 across the southwestern suburbs. The remainder of the highway from Hwy. 41 to the existing Hwy. 212 won't open until late summer or early fall 2008.