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Detour will disrupt downtown driving

Sometime in October, cars will drive down 145th Street with ease. No more rumbling from the cracks that plagued the road. It will be a smooth, quiet ride. But until October, residents are going to have to deal with the pain of a detour.

Crews began working on 145th this week and a detour has been set up to keep traffic off of the main road. Assistant city engineer Phil Olson said the mill and overlay project extends from Shannon Parkway to Cameo Avenue. The road is open to local traffic but closed to the general public.

Because the project starts at Cameo, it does not affect the business and the post office located on 145th street. But residents will have to take the detour to get to those locations from the east side of town.

In addition to the mill and overlay, crews will install curb bumpouts and crosswalk improvements to the intersections of Canada and Cameo avenues. Olson said the bumpouts serve as traffic calming measures. The city will also put down bicycle lane striping from Shannon Parkway to Robert Trail.

This week School District 196 sent out reminders to parents of students at Rosemount Middle School and Rosemount Elementary School that the detour may affect them. Olson said there will be crosswalks open in the project area so students who walk to school can still cross easily.

The 145th Street improvements are part of the 2012 Street Improvement Project. Also part of the project were mill and overlay improvements to Shannon Parkway from 145th Street West to County Road 42 and in the Shannon Hills neighborhood. Those portions of the 2012 project have been finished and Olson said they look nice.

Olson said the 145th Street portion should be complete by Oct. 10. The city chose to do the 145th portion after Leprechaun Days so the annual summer festival would not be affected by the work.

McNamara Construction won the project when the council opened bids in May. In total the estimated cost of the project is $1,263,099.

For more information on the 2012 Street Improvement project visit the city's website at

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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