Woodbury construction season crosses finish line
After months of construction, numerous closures and some irked drivers and homeowners, major road construction projects in Woodbury are done.
With the final pavement process being completed this week, Woodbury Drive will open with new roundabouts at two major intersections and an expanded four-lane roadway.
The $10 million project, a partnership between the city and Washington County, expanded the road to accommodate current and future traffic growth from Eagle Valley Drive south to Bailey Road.
Though the Bailey Road-Woodbury Drive roundabout has been open for about a week, the northern portion from Lake Road to Eagle Valley Drive was closed this week for paving.
Trails have been added on both sides of the roadways, with trees and grass to be planted in the median.
Woodbury Public Works Director Klayton Eckles said the Woodbury Drive project ran on schedule with no major delays.
He added the city and county could’ve chosen to finish the project over two construction seasons and have less of an impact on drivers, businesses and homeowners.
“What we chose to have is more disruption for a much shorter period of time,” he said. “We’ll all be enjoying the benefits of that for a long time now.”
Also open in southern Woodbury is a project that will make way for new residential development.
The city built a Pioneer Drive extension, a $3 million project, with single lanes in each direction and a large center median that could be converted into additional traffic lanes in the future.
Pioneer Drive is now open as a paved road that replaces a gravel one.
“The city is going to slowly expand, or see growth, starting near the (East Ridge) high school and moving south,” Eckles said, noting that additional construction will take place over the next 10 years extending Pioneer Drive down to Military Road.
And with additional roundabouts installed at Pioneer Drive, he said motorists will be able to visualize that part of town.
“They’re just very fresh you can really see the layout of the roadway how the parkway will feel,” he said. “We still have some landscaping to put in but we envision Pioneer will be very similar to that all the way down to the south.”
Some traffic disruptions were also experienced at Glen Road, a busy city street that connects to Newport.
Glen Road has been rebuilt and is now open to traffic.
Though all the major road projects are open to traffic after a long construction season, motorists will still experience some disruptions at Radio Drive near Tamarack Village and the new Cabela’s.
Eckles said the city allowed Cabela’s to hire a private contractor for traffic improvements at Hudson Road and Radio Drive. Turn lanes are being added to improve direct as well as Radio Drive access to Cabela’s.
“When it’s all done they’ll have multiple turn lanes from Hudson Road onto Radio,” he said.
Crews are expected to continue work on that project through the rest of the fall.