Ice and snow in the rearview mirror, orange construction cones lie ahead

A portion of Highway 13, from Second Street to Lexington Avenue, will be closed for resurfacing and drainage system updates from June through August. (submitted graphic)
A portion of Highway 13, from Second Street to Lexington Avenue, will be closed for resurfacing and drainage system updates from June through August. (submitted graphic)

With the sound of chirping birds and extended daylight hours comes another telltale sign of spring: orange cones marking off road construction sites.

As area legislators tackle future transportation funding issues at the state Capitol this year, construction workers will pave their way through the Minnesota Department of Transportation's list of existing 2015 summer road projects.

On Thursday, MnDOT engineers and transportation commissioner Charlie Zelle released a list of 290 transportation construction projects for this spring and summer. Of these, two state-led road construction and maintenance projects will happen in the South-West Review's coverage area. MnDOT is also supporting construction along Robert Street, which is led by the city of West St. Paul.

Some high-impact projects will be interrupting traffic flows in other parts of the metro area, but most state-led local projects will be fairly low-impact.

A project on Highway 13, between Second Street in Mendota and Interstate-35E in Lilydale, will likely cause the most disruption. A portion of the road, from Lexington Avenue to Second Street, will be fully closed as construction takes place from June through August. Workers will resurface the road and update its drainage system to address problems with hillside washouts.

Another local project that may include lane closures entails installing a cable median barrier along Highway 52 from Inver Grove Heights to Coates, according to Christine Krueger, MnDOT's metro communications director. To minimize impact on rush hour traffic, she said lanes would be closed for construction during off-peak hours.

Krueger said two additional maintenance projects will take place in Mendota Heights.

Highway 110, between Highway 13 and the Mendota Bridge Interchange, will receive surface pavement rehabilitation (overlay).

Also in Mendota Heights, a sealcoat will be applied to Highway 149/Dodd Road, from Interstate-494 to Highway 110.

As projects get underway, Krueger encourages motorists to dial 511 for immediate, around-the-clock assistance in navigating their way around road construction sites.

"A lot of times we have websites for major projects that will constantly be updated with any updates or detours people need," she added.  

Construction on Highway 52/Robert Street this season should come as no surprise to residents, as the item has long been on the city council's agenda. Notably, portions along Robert Street, from Thompson Avenue to Annapolis Street, will be temporarily closed while construction workers install a median barrier and replace traffic signals.

The city's public works director, Matt Saam, said south-bound traffic will be directed around the corridor for most of the construction period. North-bound traffic will not be affected.  

For a complete list of all projects, including construction dates and traffic impacts, visit

Erin Hinrichs can be reached at 651-748-7814 and Follow her at


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