2017 Management and Safety Project from US Highway 61/10 to Hinton Ave

Project Update – September 20, 2017

County Highway 22 (70th Street) is scheduled to close between Meadow Grass and Hinton Avenue for one day on Saturday, September 23rd for the final layer of roadway paving.  Temporary portable message boards will be placed along the corridor to notify the public, and the detour signs will be re-installed for the day on Saturday.  Please note that Saturday’s work is weather dependent.  We will notify you if rescheduling is necessary.

Thank you for your continued patience as this project moves towards completion.

Project Update – September 13, 2017

County Highway 22 (70th Street) was opened to traffic between Meadow Grass Avenue and Hinton Avenue on Saturday, September 9th.  Although the roadway is now open to traffic, construction work will continue through the end of September, so motorists are advised to use caution when driving through the work zone.  The primary remaining tasks on the project include:

  • Installation of the final layer of bituminous pavement from Meadow Grass Avenue to just west of Pine Arbor Lane. This will be followed by the installation of the permanent roadway pavement markings.
  • Chain link fence installation along the trail near Hardwood Avenue.
  • Minor site grading and restoration/seeding work.
  • Minor private utility work along the corridor.

Please note a few additional important items related to traffic impacts:

Project Update – September 11, 2017

County Highway 22 (70th Street) was opened to traffic between Meadow Grass Avenue and Hinton Avenue on Saturday, September 9th.  Although the roadway is now open to traffic, construction work will continue through the end of September, so motorists are advised to use caution when driving through the work zone.

Project Update – September 7, 2017

Contractors are continuing with construction work on the County Highway 22 (70th Street) Management & Safety Project.  Phase 1, spanning from US Highway 61/10 to Meadow Grass Avenue, continues to be open to traffic as construction work nears completion.  At this time, the primary remaining work on Phase 1 is minor adjustments to private utility facilities.

The Contractor is concurrently proceeding with work on Phase 2, which spans from just east of Meadow Grass Avenue to Hinton Avenue. Upcoming work includes:

  • The final lift of bituminous paving for the roadway (this is already complete for the portion from just west of Pine Arbor Lane to Hinton Avenue).
  • Complete the installation of the new steel signal system at the intersection of County Highway 22 & Hardwood Avenue.
  • Concrete pedestrian ramp facilities.
  • Site grading and restoration/seeding work.
  • Street signs and pavement markings.

Please note a few additional important items related to traffic impacts:

 

The detour route for County Highway 22 will remain in place throughout the duration of construction.  Please see the below Stage 2 Closure & Detour Map for more information regarding the roadway closure locations and local property access.

Stage 2 Detour Map

Construction photos are available to view on our Updates and Additional Project Information page.

Project Update – August 30, 2017

Contractors are continuing with construction work on the County Highway 22 (70th Street) Management & Safety Project. Phase 1, spanning from US Highway 61/10 to Meadow Grass Avenue, continues to be open to traffic as construction work nears completion. The primary work remaining on Phase 1 includes:

  • Final Restoration/Seeding
  • Private Utility Work

The Contractor is concurrently proceeding with work on Phase 2, which spans from just east of Meadow Grass Avenue to Hinton Avenue. Upcoming work includes:

  • Continuing with trail and road paving. Paving in the County Highway 22 & Hinton Avenue intersection is complete.

  • Installation of a new steel signal system at the intersection of County Highway 22 & Hardwood Avenue

Project Update – August 23, 2017

Contractors are continuing with construction work on the County Highway 22 (70th Street) Management & Safety Project. Phase 1, spanning from US Highway 61/10 to Meadow Grass Avenue, continues to be open to traffic as construction work nears completion. The primary work remaining on Phase 1 includes:

  • Final Restoration/Seeding
  • Private Utility Work

The Contractor is concurrently proceeding with work on Phase 2, which spans from just east of Meadow Grass Avenue to Hinton Avenue. Upcoming work includes:

  • Grading work in preparation for trail and road paving
  • Trail and road paving, which will include paving of the County Highway 22 & Hinton Avenue intersection. The Highway 22/Hinton intersection will remain open to traffic, but motorists should expect delays.
  • Installation of a new steel signal system at the intersection of County Highway 22 & Hardwood Avenue

Project Update – August 16, 2017

Contractors are continuing with construction work on the County Highway 22 (70th Street) Management & Safety Project.  Phase 1, spanning from US Highway 61/10 to Meadow Grass Avenue, continues to be open to traffic as construction work nears completion.  The primary work remaining on Phase 1 includes:

  • Retaining Wall Fence
  • Final Restoration/Seeding
  • Private Utility Work

The Contractor is concurrently proceeding with work on Phase 2, which spans from just east of Meadow Grass Avenue to Hinton Avenue.  Upcoming work includes:

  • Grading work in preparation for trail and road paving
  • Trail and road paving
  • Removal of the existing wood-pole signal system and installation of a new steel signal system at the intersection of County Highway 22 & Hardwood Avenue

Project Update – August 9, 2017

Contractors are continuing with construction work on the County Highway 22 (70th Street) Management & Safety Project.  Phase 1, spanning from Highway US 61/10 to Meadow Grass Avenue, is now open to traffic and construction work is near completion.  The primary work remaining on phase 1 includes:

  • Retaining Wall Staining
  • Restoration/Seeding
  • Minor Concrete Work
  • Permanent Roadway Pavement Markings

The Contractor is concurrently proceeding with work on Phase 2, which spans from just east of Meadow Grass Avenue to Hinton Avenue.  Concrete curb and gutter is being constructed this week, and the contractor will be continuing with road construction over the next couple of weeks.  It is currently anticipated that the majority of road work will be completed in August, with the road construction complete and the road opened to traffic in early September.

Project Update – May 9, 2017

Construction work on the County Highway 22 (70th Street) Management & Safety Project is expected to begin on Wednesday, May 10th, when crews will begin relocating private utilities and removing trees and vegetation.  Beginning on Monday, May 15th, County Highway 22 will be closed to through traffic from just east of the US Highway 61/10 interchange to just west of Hinton Avenue.  The posted detour route will follow US Highway 61/10, 80th Street, and Hinton Avenue.  See Stage 1 Closure & Detour Map (PDF) for more information regarding the roadway closure and local property access.

Project Overview

Washington County, in coordination with the Cities of Cottage Grove and St. Paul Park, is set to begin a roadway improvement project on County Highway 22 (70th Street) from just east of the US Highway 61/10 interchange to Hinton Avenue. Construction is expected to begin in early May of 2017, and be substantially complete by fall of 2017, weather permitting. County Highway 22 will be closed to through traffic throughout the duration of the project, with a posted detour route following US Highway 61/10, 80th Street, and Hinton Avenue. See Detour Stage 1 (PDF) and Detour Stage 2 (PDF) for details.

Highlights of the 2017 County Highway 22 Management & Safety Project

  • Smooth new pavement surface from the east ramp of the US Highway 61/10 Interchange east to Hinton Avenue.
  • Addition of right turn lanes or turn lane improvements at Goodview, Granada, and Hardwood Avenues.
  • Addition of a shared-use trail on the south side of County Highway 22 from Goodview Avenue to Meadow Grass Avenue to improve pedestrian mobility and safety.
  • Introduction of concrete curb and gutter and grass boulevards where possible at locations that have a shared use trail. This will create greater separation between trail users and highway traffic, which will increase comfort for trail users.
  • Stormwater drainage improvements at select locations between Goodview Avenue and Pine Arbor Lane.
  • Shoulder widening at select locations between Goodview Avenue and Pine Arbor Lane to provide additional space for
    on-road bicyclists and for vehicles to pull off of the highway if needed.

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