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Highway 3 road work should finish on schedule

The Highway 3 construction project is nearly complete. The new traffic signal at the 145th Street intersection should go on today, marking the end of the two-month project.

The project, which started in early May, was a cooperative effort between the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the city of Rosemount. MnDOT's portion of the project resulted in six miles of new pavement from the Highway 149 in Inver Grove Heights to County Road 42 in Rosemount. It also included pedestrian accessibility improvements.

It's been 10 years since the state resurfaced the road. The new surface should improve safety and ride quality on Highway 3 and extend the life of the road.

MnDOT public affairs coordinator JP Gillach said on Monday that MnDOTs portion of the project was mostly done. He said there was some striping left to do and some curb work but motorist should see little impact from those tasks.

The city's portion of the project included the new stop light at 145th and a

new turn lane onto 143rd Street. The new turn lane accommodates traffic turning from Highway 3 onto 143rd Street, where Rosemount Middle and Elementary Schools are located.

"Our aim was to clean up that intersection," said city engineer Andy Brotzler.

Brotzler said the project went smoothly and stayed within budget. The city-led portion of the project cost an estimated $330,132.03. Approximately $220,000 of the bill will came from state funds and another $100,000 came from municipal state aid. Brotzler said the city applied for the aid in the fall of 2008 and received the money in January of 2009.

The MnDOT project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment act.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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