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Projects in the south metro

  • February 12, 2013 - 4:27 PM

Project: New intersection

Location: Hwys. 169 & 69

Status: Bids let 2013; open 2015

Cost: $15 million

Significance: Continues effort to make an expressway of 169 by removing stoplights; only two will remain within the county. Existing intersection is crash-prone.

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Project: Hwy. 101 Bridge

Location: Shakopee to Chanhassen

Status: Design complete 2013; bids let 2014; done 2015

Cost: $34 million

Significance: A wider bridge lifted above increasingly frequent and serious flood waters will be a major improvement. Only a flood the magnitude of the legendary 1965 version would close the new bridge.

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Project: Marschall Road Transit Station

Location: Hwy. 169 & Marschall Road

Status: Built 2013; opens 2014

Cost: $1.9 million (for transit portion of larger project)

Significance: Main transit hub for express buses from Scott County; first station with an indoor waiting area. Ties local circulators to commuter express coaches; adds 400 parking stalls alongside a re-purposed auto dealership. On-ramp access to 169.

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Project: Eagle Creek Transit Station

Location: County Roads 21 and 16

Complete: July 2012

Cost: $1.2 million

Significance: Second transit station in Scott County; unique, low-cost, 50-year land lease deal with the Shakopee tribe saves millions. Final stroke in wider, $20 million project adding a new segment to County Road 21.

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Project: New intersection

Location: Hwy. 169 & I-494

Complete: November 2012

Cost: $125 million

Significance: Cleared multiple stoplights off a freeway, a state of affairs that made no sense from the start. Was No. 1 priority for a coalition stretching from Hennepin County to Mankato.

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Project: New intersection

Location: Hwys. 13 & 101

Complete: Fall 2012

Cost: $19 million

Significance: An innovative, unprecedented in Minnesota, partial flyover allows east-west traffic to flow freely, with stoplights only for those seeking to make left turns.

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Project: New intersection

Location: Hwys. 13 & 5

Status: Work starts this spring, lasts two years

Cost: $27.5 million

Significance: A crash-prone intersection becomes free-flowing by dropping Hwy. 13 down 22 feet and building a bridge to take Hwy. 5 over the top and make it safer by closing off access points and creating frontage roads.

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Project: Red Line

Location: Cedar Avenue in Lakeville to Mall of America

Begins service: May or June

Cost: $112 million

Significance: First launch in Minnesota of Bus Rapid Transit, a station-to-station service mimicking light rail but at a fraction of the cost. Carries riders to the Blue Line (Hiawatha light rail). Orange Line access, on I-35W, arrives later.

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