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Ribbon-cutting set for new frontage road in Woodbury

Woodbury will celebrate the opening of a new entrance ramp and frontage road at I-94 and Radio Drive with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Oct. 10, at 1:30 p.m.

The public is invited to attend and participate in a brief program with public officials from the federal, state, county and city jurisdictions that partnered to construct the new road and ramp east of Radio Drive.

The event will take place in the northwest area of the Woodbury Lakes Lifestyle Center, 9000 Hudson Road.

Parking will be available in the northwest parking lot of the center; participants should use the main entrance to the center on Hudson Road and follow the posted signs to the ribbon-cutting.

Following the program, a mini-parade of vehicles representing the public agencies involved with financing the improvements will officially open the frontage road, which provides a new connection to the Woodbury Lakes development from Radio Drive for motorists.

In connection with the frontage road, a new entrance ramp to eastbound I-94 from Radio Drive was constructed.

The ramp, which primarily serves northbound vehicles on Radio Drive, opened to traffic on Sept. 23.

Other improvements include two left-turn lanes on southbound Radio Drive at the entrance to the new frontage road, additional through lanes on both northbound and southbound Radio Drive, and a second left-turn lane at the entrance to Oakdale Village from northbound Radio Drive.

"When Woodbury Lakes opened, the city committed to making additional improvements to our local roads to accommodate the future growth in traffic that was predicted for this area of the city," said Mayor Bill Hargis. "The new frontage road and ramp represent the fulfillment of that commitment, and we are grateful to the participating agencies for helping to make this possible."

The total cost for the I-94 south frontage road and eastbound ramp project is approximately $6.5 million.

Funds were provided by the Federal Highway Administration, Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Council, Washington County, and the city. In addition, tax abatements were approved by Independent School District 622 and the city of Woodbury.

For more information about the project or the Oct. 10 event, call the Engineering Division at (651) 714-3593.