MnDOT plans summer road project in Elk River

by Joni Astrup

Associate editor

A road project is planned for this summer on Highway 10 in Elk River.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) plans to resurface five miles of the highway between Norfolk Avenue by downtown Elk River and Jarvis Street near the Elk River-Ramsey border. There also will be a number of turn lane extensions and three median crossover will be closed for improved safety, according to Jenny Seelen of MnDOT.

Elk River City Engineer Justin Femrite said median crossovers slated to be closed include:

•One in front of a house located between Edison Street and 165th Avenue, east of the Kelley Farm.

•One in front of Jerry’s of Elk River, between 167th Avenue and 170th Avenue. The entrance by Jerry’s will be restricted to right in, right out.

•One at 173rd Avenue, with 173rd Avenue being reduced to a right in, right movement.

MnDOT plans to let bids on the project on April 26. It is estimated the project will cost $4 million to construct, according to Seelen.

Plans are to begin work in early June with completion by mid-September — pending the contractor’s schedule, she said.

The majority of the work will be done during non-peak overnight hours. Motorists should expect reduced speeds, single lane closures, shifts and possible flaggers at accesses, Seelen said.