MN Highway 41 Project Complete
Pedestrian tunnel near Lake Grace connects trails east, west of highway
CHASKA, MINN.—Carver County, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the City of Chaska, announced that the Minnesota Highway 41 expansion project in the Jonathan area is complete.
The detour between U.S. Highway 212 and Lyman Boulevard is scheduled for removal around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11. A few remaining operations on the shoulder of the expanded section of Highway 41 will continue over the next few weeks.
The project, undertaken this past June, expanded Highway 41 from U.S. Highway 212 to just north of Pioneer Trail from two to four lanes. The highway, a main arterial road for the local community and a regional connector, links downtown Chaska and U.S. Highway 169 to Minnesota Highway 5. This project continues the four-lane expansion north of the U.S. Highway 212 interchange while adding safer and convenient bicycle and pedestrian options.
Intersections at Hundertmark Road and Pioneer Trail were enhanced with signal and accessibility upgrades with the ability to handle the added lane capacity. The project added a pedestrian tunnel under Highway 41 near Lake Grace, connecting the trail on the west side of Highway 41 to the existing trail east of the highway. Finally, a noise wall on the west side of Highway 41 north of Hundertmark Road to Lake Grace was added.
The $14 million project received $7.42 million in federal funding, along with $3.5 million MnDOT funding. MnDOT added $1.3 million in safety funding, while the City of Chaska contributed $1.65 million for the trail underpass, trail work and city utilities. Carver County spent $250,000 for work on Pioneer Trail.
“The Highway 41 project is a great example of partnerships and many individuals working as a team to deliver this expanded roadway,” Carver County commissioner Randy Maluchnik said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 31. “Even though Highway 41 is a state highway, our residents only care that 41 is one of the most critical transportation corridors in our community.” He praised the partnership it took to shepherd the project to completion, as MnDOT worked closely with the City of Chaska and Carver County to secure the federal funds necessary, and then obtain the necessary state and local funds to make the project a reality.
“This project will benefit our county, but it’s more than simply a road construction project,” Gayle Degler, chair of the Carver County board of commissioners said. “The addition of the pedestrian tunnel makes our community even safer and promotes a healthy lifestyle by encouraging walking and biking to residents living and accessing this area.”
Meyer Contracting, the lead on the project, excavated more than 96,000 cubic yards of dirt throughout the project area. Recycled road material figured into the project at more than 16,000 cubic yards was used. Crews laid more than 20,000 tons of pavement on the roadway and trails combined, with 2,660 feet of newly-paved trail featured in the project. The noise wall measured in at 1,785 linear feet, nearly the length of six football fields.
For more information about the Highway 41 Project – Jonathan Area visit co.carver.mn.us/Hwy41ProjectJonathan. Follow the project on Facebook at facebook.com/Hwy41ProjectJonathan and on Twitter @Hwy41Proj2018.
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