More construction traffic and trucks are expected to be part of the next phase of the Highway 210 reconstruction project this week with paving and earth moving efforts.
The next traffic shift is expected June 9.
Currently crews are continuing to work on Charles and James streets, as well as the temporary bypass around the overpass on West Washington Street.
Anderson Brothers reported it is close to being done moving dirt for the bypass and gravel is expected Friday with paving next week. Work will continue on Charles Street for about two weeks. And James Street and Northwest Sixth Street are expected to be open by the end of the week.
Construction workers also will be working in three median areas along Washington Street.
Utility work in preparation for construction efforts on Highway 210, or Washington Street, is continuing to wind down. Qwest is the last major utility company working in the area.
Tonight Qwest employees are scheduled to work in a trench near the Eighth Street Northwest intersection with Washington Street. Northwest Eighth Street is expected to be closed from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. today. The Minnesota Department of Transportation requested the utility allow right turns if possible by using a flag operator.
A side benefit from the project will be more readily identifiable street locations as MnDOT is placing overhead street signs with the signal intersections such as Baxter Drive and Northwest Fourth Street.
More consideration is going into a decision regarding restricting parking along Charles Street during the construction period and perhaps for the longer term for safety as Charles Street is expected to gain traffic numbers once the road is completed.
MnDOT is still pursuing talks for a traffic lane through the Westgate Mall parking area so drivers could have an alternative lane before the project's Stage 2 begins.
Stage 2 of the reconstruction project is scheduled to begin in early to mid-June through July. During Stage 2, the construction zone will extend along West Washington Street from just west of Golf Course Drive to the Mississippi River bridge.
Weekly public meetings with road construction updates and a question and answer session are 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Dairy Queen seating area in the Westgate Mall.
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