Paul Parkway reconstruction in Blaine starts Thursday

The reconstruction of Paul Parkway from Oak Park Boulevard to Ulysses Street in Blaine will begin tomorrow (Thursday, Aug. 22) and is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 1.

Paul Parkway from Oak Park Boulevard to Ulysses Street will be reconstructed from Aug. 22 and potentially to Nov. 1.

Paul Parkway from Oak Park Boulevard to Ulysses Street will be reconstructed from Aug. 22 and potentially to Nov. 1.

Dan Schluender, assistant city engineer, said the south side of Paul Parkway would be closed until mid-September and then work would shift to the north lanes. Traffic will continue to flow in both directions, however.

Road projects typically start earlier, but City Engineer Jean Keeley previously told the Blaine City Council this work was starting later to accommodate players and families going to the Blaine Baseball Complex.

The reconstruction of Paul Parkway is estimated to cost just under $800,000 with about $255,000 of that revenue coming from assessments, according to Keeley.

Paul Parkway was originally constructed as a two-lane road in 1971, but it was widened to four lanes in 1980. It had a bituminous overlay in 1992 and a sealcoat in 2000, Keeley said.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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