Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Cedar Avenue, 150th Street, Interstate 35E, the Greenleaf neighborhood. Drivers beware this spring and summer, as road construction leads to lane closures and delays.
Road construction will hit a bevy of Apple Valley and Rosemount streets this spring and summer, as city, county and state crews race to repair crumbling infrastructure. Click on the pins placed on the map above for details about each planned construction project. Know of a project not included above? Post a comment below or email Editor David Henke at email@example.com.
Monday, May 20, 2013
The agency wants to improve traffic flow on Hwy. 77 and build a better connection between the Cedar Grove bus station and the highway.
With the reconstruction of Cedar Avenue in Apple Valley nearly complete, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is now turning its attention north, to a stretch of the highway between Interstate 35E and Bloomington. MnDOT officials are in the midst of an engineering study that will assess three options to relieve traffic congestion and create a managed MnPass lane. Although they haven't settled on a solution yet, all three of the choices MnDOT is considering would bring big changes to area. On Tuesday, MnDOT spokesperson John Solberg presented the options to the Eagan City Council during an engineering study update. Here are the details of each possible plan: Get a closer look at each option by clicking on the slideshow above. Which …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Minnesota Department of Transportation officials are planning a series of projects to improve access and reduce congestion on Cedar Avenue.
Interested in congestion management alternatives on Hwy. 77 and improved transit access to the Cedar Grove Transit Station? Now's your chance to have your say and hear ideas. Two open houses are scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24, so that local residents can stay informed on proposals to modify Hwy. 77 and the Cedar Grove Transit Station to reduce congestion and improve access. The first meeting will take place at Eagan City Hall, and the second is scheduled for the Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley. The projects are being considered in conjunction with the development of the Cedar Avenue Bus Rapid Transit route, which opens for service on June 22.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland spoke extensively on the soon-to-be-opened Red Line Bus Rapid Transit Route—and its potential impact on the business community.
Apple Valley Mayor Mary Hamann-Rolad kicked off her State of the City Address on Wednesday by thanking businesses and residents for their patience during the construction of a soon-to-be-operational bus rapid transit corridor along Cedar Avenue. The bus line, which opens on June 22, will continue to expand over the next several years—with additional stations planned along the route. City officials hope it will also spur significant business growth, and have helped fund a joint market study to determine how can cities along the route—including Eagan, Apple Valley and Lakeville—best prepare for and promote development and redevelopment. Click here for a full recap of the mayor's speech.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Apple Valley Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland delivered the annual speech on Wednesday at a luncheon hosted by the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The Cedar Avenue redevelopment is nearly over, and big things are afoot in Apple Valley's business community, Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland told a full house on Wednesday afternoon during her annual State of the City address. The Mayor kicked off her speech, held at Valleywood Golf Course, by thanking businesses and residents for their patience during the construction of a soon-to-be-operational bus rapid transit corridor along Cedar Avenue. The bus line, which opens on June 22, will continue to expand over the next several years—with additional stations planned along the route. City officials hope it will also spur significant business growth, and have helped fund a joint market study to determine how can cities along the route—including Eagan…
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The first phase of rapid transit service will include five stations, beginning at the Apple Valley Transit Station and ending at the Mall of America. Fares will be $1.75 for adults during non-peak times.
Service on the long-awaited Cedar Avenue Bus Rapid Transit route—which will eventually stretch from Lakeville to Bloomington—is expected to begin on June 22. Construction delays have pushed back the launch of the rapid transit route, which was originally slated to open up in November 2012, according to a report in the Star Tribune. While the route, known as the Red Line, still needs approval from the Metropolitan Council to begin running, Dakota County, the Met Council and the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority have all recommended the June 22 start date, the Star Tribune reported. The first phase of rapid transit service will include five stations, beginning at the Apple Valley Transit Station and ending at the Mall of America, where it …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The expansion will serve the soon-to-be-opened Cedar Avenue Bus Rapid Transit route.
Construction is about to begin on a $6.6 million expansion to the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority's bus storage and maintenance facility in Eagan, as the authority ramps up for the opening of a new rapid transit route in Dakota County. The expansion will add more than 24,000 square feet to the existing 80,000-square-foot building, and will expand the storage capacity of the facility from 60 to 100 buses, according to transit authority officials. Construction will also increase the number of maintenance bays from eight to 11 stalls. The project is closely tied to the development of the authority's new Cedar Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route, according to MVTA Board member and Eagan City Councilor Gary Hansen. The rapid transit route…
Sunday, December 2, 2012
The Minnesota State Patrol says a 26-year-old Farmington resident was killed and three others injured.
At least one person was killed and two injured in a five-person rollover accident that shut down the northbound lanes of Cedar Avenue on Sunday night, according to Minnesota State Patrol officials. Emergency responders closed Cedar Avenue at McAndrews Road/County Road 38 following the accident, which occurred shortly before 6 p.m., according to the State Patrol website. State Patrol investigators say a GMC Savana van with two occupants was traveling southbound on Hwy. 77 when it veered, hit a metal guard rail and traveled into the northbound lanes of Hwy. 77, according to state patrol officials. At that point, the Savana struck a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe traveling northbound. The Tahoe had three occupants at the time of the collision. …
Monday, November 26, 2012
With the onset of winter, construction along the corridor has slowed significantly.
A trip through Apple Valley along Cedar Avenue yields far fewer orange traffic barrels than just a few short weeks ago. With the onset of winter, construction along the corridor has slowed significantly. According to Ross Beckwith, construction engineer for Dakota County, there may be temporary lane closures, usually in off-peak hours, as crews work on lighting and fencing, but the majority of the roadwork is done until next spring. The project will result in bus-only shoulders and extending six-lane traffic through Apple Valley south to County Road 46. Additional turn lanes have been added. Crews have also been building retaining and noise walls, updating public utilities such as storm sewers and water mains, relocating private utilities…
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Here is the weekly construction update from Dakota County.
Like us on Facebook | Get our newsletter | Follow us on Twitter | Start a blog Editor’s Note: The following is the weekly Cedar Avenue construction update from Dakota County. This update covers construction planned through Nov. 24. Dodd Blvd to Upper 164th Street/Griffon Trail Miscellaneous work and repairs. Upper 164th Street/Griffon Trail to 160th Street Miscellaneous work and repairs. 160th Street to south of 155th Street Miscellaneous work and repairs. Plant and tree installation. South of 155th Street to 150th Street Plant and tree installation. Sod installation and seeding. Install the light poles along Cedar Avenue. 150th Street to south of 140th Street Constructing the architectural monuments along 147th Street. Plant and tree …