The Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our way of life, changing how we live, work and socialize. While construction continues as an essential operation, contractors working on 35W@94 and MnDOT are following the Governor’s and CDC recommendations to stay safe on the job site.
MnDOT and contractor crews are being more careful and sharing strategies for safety. They are working to maintain six foot distancing guidelines. Workers are cleaning tools and avoiding sharing tools. When crews do need to come together to discuss the project, meetings are being held outdoors maintaining distance or on the phone and online.
As you likely know, as Minnesotans stay at home, we have seen a reduction in traffic. This has allowed us to reduce the need for night work as crews are able to do more work by closing some traffic lanes during the day.
Recently crews poured the deck of the transit bridge over Lake Street. This is the bridge between the driving lanes which will be the location of the transit station. Work tensioning the cables that add structure to the bridge continues this week. And pouring the concrete bridge railings is to come. Once complete the building contractor can begin construction of the transit station, which will continue over the next year.
Below the bridge on Lake Street, construction has begun removing pavement and preparing for new concrete on the south half of the road. Farther north, construction on the bus-only ramp into downtown has started. We are also on track to switch traffic over to newly constructed segments of the highway in June.