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Highway 3 south closed until Sept. 30

Rosemount residents used to driving Highway 3 south toward Farmington and Northfield might want to start planning alternate routes.

With the Farmington City Council's approval earlier this month of a contract for the construction of a roundabout where 190th Street meets Highway 3 drivers could soon find themselves looking for a new way to head south.

Construction on the new interchange started July 22.

The current construction schedule calls for the highway to open again no later than the end of September.

In the meantime, a detour takes traffic west to Pilot Knob Road and south from there to Highway 50 before bringing them back to Highway 3.

The winning bid, from Ryan Contracting Co., is for $1.11 million. That's about $500,000 less than the city's original estimate.

Using that $1.5 million estimate -- and figuring in engineering and other expenses -- the city expected to pay about $539,000. Another $550,000 would come from the state, $400,000 from Dakota County, $380,000 from Empire Township and $310,000 from the developer of the Fairhill project.

If the final cost is less than expected the city and the other entities involved with see the refund in the same percentage as their expected contributions.

"I will fight for our share," finance director Robin Roland said.

The city of Farmington will be in charge of overseeing the project.