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Highway 61/10 intersection work to begin in July

This map shows the future layout of the intersection of highways 61 and 10. (Image courtesy of MnDOT)

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is almost ready to start construction on the intersection of highways 61 and 10 just north of Hastings. Construction on the $3.3 million project is expected to begin in early July and last through this fall, said project manager Ryan Coddington earlier this week.

The work includes rerouting Maycrest Avenue to the west of the Tree House nursery to meet Highway 61 at the intersection with Highway 10, turning what is now a three-way intersection into a four-way one. The realignment of Maycrest will also allow MnDOT to close the median between Maycrest and the Holiday station store.

“We’re trying to improve safety and traffic flow of the area,” Coddington said. “With the uncontrolled crossover intersection, we saw a number of crashes there.”

The project will also add a second left turn lane for southbound Highway 61, allowing two lanes of traffic to turn at the same time onto eastbound Highway 10. The intersection will be widened to accommodate the extra lanes. No additional through lanes will be added.

A pavement resurfacing project is also planned, with surface work to be done on Highway 61 from just north of the intersection to the nearest railroad bridge to the south. Highway 10 will be resurfaced from the intersection to 127th Street.

MnDOT is also removing an existing parking lot at the southeast corner of the intersection, which used to be a park and ride lot. The lot is not an active park and ride, Coddington said, although it is still used by individuals. Park and ride service was discontinued there when the Cottage Grove park and ride was built, he explained. He said that those people currently using the lot for commuting should plan to instead use the Cottage Grove park and ride (located along Highway 61 on West Point Douglas Road between 80th Street and Jamaica Avenue).

Once construction begins, drivers can expect some lane closures and delays, but access through the intersection will be maintained throughout the project, Coddington said.

“Enter the project zone with care,” cautioned Denise Workcuff, MnDOT Public Affairs representative. “It’ll just be a little more congested than normal.”

Exact construction dates will be released soon. Information and updates on the project are available online at www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy61and10. A sign-up for email updates is also available on the site and up-to-the-minute closure updates will be available by calling 511, the national traveler information phone number.

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