Lexington Avenue from approximately Main Street in Blaine to Bunker Lake Boulevard in Ham Lake will be closed to through traffic starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 19.
This segment of Lexington Avenue is currently an undivided two-lane road. The plan is for the county road to be six lanes between Main Street and 131st Avenue. The road will be four lanes between 131st Avenue and Bunker Lake Boulevard. Additional improvements such as turn lanes will take place just south of Main Street and just north of Bunker Lake Boulevard.
The Bunker Lake Boulevard intersection with Lexington Avenue will get a traffic signal for the first time and the intersection at Main Street will get a new signal to accommodate the wider road. A trail will be constructed on the west side of Lexington Avenue throughout the project area. New storm sewer system and storm water treatment ponds are other items included in the reconstruction project.
During this road closure, people are encouraged to use Radisson Road as the alternative north-south route, according to Project Manager Charles Cadenhead of the Anoka County Highway Department.
Due to the scope of the 2.74-mile project, work is expected to continue until around August 2013, the county timeline estimates.
Cadenhead said there are times when a lane will be open in each direction. Orange construction signs will notify motorists of the status of the ongoing project.
Crews began marking trees for removal beginning the week of June 4-8, according to the Anoka County Construction Weekly newsletter.
The low bid of $7,213,431 came from Forest Lake Contracting Inc. The county highway department had most recently estimated that construction would cost almost $9.06 million. There were a total of four bids submitted.
Cadenhead said a federal grant will be contributing $5.3 million. Anoka County and the cities of Blaine and Ham Lake will cover the remaining costs.
Eric Hagen is at [email protected]