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City council OKs Lake Road project

The Woodbury City Council voted to officially approve a scaled-down version of the Lake Road improvement project.

Earlier this year, the city had plans to reconstruct the road from Woodland Drive to 3,000 feet to the east along with construction of a roundabout a Lake and Woodlane and sidewalk/park trails along portions of the south side of Lake Road.

The city abandoned the plans for the roundabout and new trails at the March council meeting after hearing strong opposition from several residents in the area. Council members said they would not rule out a future traffic improvement at the intersection of Lake and Woodlane in the future.

The project, which will essentially improve the deteriorating conditions of the relatively busy road, is expected to begin in early July and be completed before Woodbury Days, said city deputy public works director Klayton Eckles.

During the project, the city will close the stretch of Lake Road from Woodlane Drive to Radio Drive, Eckles said.

The project, is estimated to cost $847,000, down from the originally projected $2 million when the roundabout and trail improvements were included in the proposed project.

Most of the funding for the project will come from the city's street reconstruction fund and municipal state aid, but there is a possibility that up to 80 percent of the project could be funded via federal economic stimulus dollars, Eckles told the council.

The city will find out in early June if it will receive federal stimulus aid for the road project.

The city is expected to award bids to a contractor for the project in June and will send notices to residents in the area about the expected road closure in the coming weeks.