Road construction continues in Spring Lake Park

Road construction projects in Spring Lake Park are moving forward as summer begins to wane.

Two streets under construction as part of the city’s 2014-2015 street improvement project will receive their final layers of pavement in the coming weeks: Monroe Street and University Avenue Service Road.

Monroe Street, from Osborne Road to Sandburnol Drive, was reconstructed in two parts, north and south of 81st Street. The southern stretch was attended to first.

Crews were working on the northern portion of the street into the evening July 21 so that it would be paved and ready for the next phase of the project.

Driveways were patched July 25, according to Cristina Mlejnek, project engineer.

This week, seed and hydromulch are slated to be planted at the road’s edge and manhole castings and lids are scheduled to be raised through the pavement, Mlejnek said.

Monroe Street awaits its third and final layer of pavement, as does University Avenue Service Road, from 81st Street to Sandburnol Drive. With the final layers, the roads can be striped.

The construction is part of the two-year street improvement project that calls for five streets to be repaired.

In addition to city projects, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will tackle a 4-mile stretch of Highway 65 in Fridley and Spring Lake Park, resurfacing the highway as well as ramping up safety features at bus stops and pedestrian crossings.

Southbound Highway 65 from County Highway 10 to Medtronic Parkway closed June 11. The road will reopen July 30, at which point the northbound lanes will close.

Northbound traffic will be detoured to Interstate 694, Interstate 35W and Highway 10. Local business detours are posted on roadways; most local traffic will be detoured to Old Central Ave.

The intersection at Highway 65 and East Moore Lake Drive will close July 30 until Aug. 25, with favorable weather conditions, MnDOT estimates.

The entire $9.3-million project should conclude by mid-October.

Olivia Koester is at [email protected]