Construction season lingers in Arden Hills

 

The weather is cooling and clouds are covering, but construction season plows onward. 

On Halloween morning, the Minnesota Department of Transportation began work to add a cable median barrier and to improve guardrails along Highway 10, between County Road 96 and Interstate 35W in Arden Hills. 

The work will continue all month, with a hopeful end in late-November. 

As part of the project, the pavement in two median crossover locations is also being removed and re-done.

According to MnDOT, during construction crews’ daytime work, drivers will likely encounter lane and shoulder closures in either direction from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

“We may also have to work on Saturdays,” MnDOT said in an Oct. 28 statement. 

The two median openings were closed in late-June in advance of this project, the result of which will include a new one-mile cable median barrier along the diagonal stretch of Highway 10, linking I-35W and Interstate 694. 

“Once the new barrier is in place it will prevent motorists from making illegal and dangerous turns across the median in front of oncoming traffic,” MnDOT said

According to crash statistics compiled by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Minnesota records approximately 15 fatal cross-median crashes each year on four-lane divided highways, such as Highway 10.

“Concern about the severity and continued occurrence of those crashes has prompted [us] to install protective barriers in the median in areas prone to these types of crashes,” MnDOT said. 

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