Workshop for High Bridge, Highway 149 project in St. Paul set for Aug. 24 ROSEVILLE, Minn. – The public is invited to learn and provide input about future improvements to Smith Avenue and Dodd Road—Highway 149—in St. Paul, West St. Paul and Mendota Heights at a community workshop scheduled for Aug. 24. The workshop will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. at Bad Weather Brewery, 414 West Seventh Street in St. Paul.
The proposed project is scheduled for spring 2018 through fall 2018. Work includes: ·Reconstructing the bridge deck of the Smith Avenue High Bridge over the Mississippi River in St. Paul. ·Resurfacing Smith Ave and Dodd Road, Highway 149, between West 7th Street in St. Paul and I-494 in Mendota Heights. ·Improving drainage, sidewalks and pedestrian accessibility. ·Replacing signals at five Highway 149 intersections. ·Constructing an additional left turn lane from westbound I-494 to southbound Dodd Road in Mendota Heights.
The project will extend the lifespan of Highway 149 and the High Bridge, and provide a smoother road surface and improved ride for motorists. This work is expected to result in the complete closure of the High Bridge for one construction season.
Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the overall project, get details about specific project elements and provide feedback on potential improvements to the High Bridge, Smith Avenue and Dodd Road. Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and project staff will be on hand to answer questions and gather input.
Two additional project workshops will be held in the coming months. Times and dates will be announced when they are finalized.
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