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Woodbury motorists, beware: Valley Creek Road overhaul just around the corner

Frequent Valley Creek Road drivers will start seeing orange everywhere starting next week.

Valley Creek Road and Radio Drive - the busiest intersection in Washington County -- will also be closed in the first phase of a $3.26 million construction project that begins Monday, July 23.

Valley Creek Road will be under construction from Bielenberg Drive east to Woodbury Drive, where new concrete and asphalt will be laid, flashing yellow signals at every intersection will be installed, and repaving of the trails will be done.

Washington County engineers held an open house Wednesday, July 11, at Woodbury City Hall where they discussed some interruptions and closures with visitors.

Cory Slagle, transportation manager for the county, said the Valley Creek Road and Radio Drive intersection will be closed for about four days, but it will still be open for right turns.

"We want to get that signal done first; this is our busiest intersection in the county," he said.

After that's done, crews will shift to the west and get concrete put in from Bielenberg Drive to Interlachen Parkway.

The concrete pavement will replace the older part of Valley Creek Road, which is deteriorating faster than the section to the east, according to county engineers.

Crews will be putting regular asphalt from Interlachen Parkway to Woodbury Drive, while adding flashing yellow signals at all the intersections.

Cheri Frost was excited about a flashing yellow left turn signal at Interlachen, which will give her easier access to her home.

"This is the stupidest left turn signal in all of the world," she said of the current signal.

Slagle said the new flashing yellow signals will improve traffic flow and reduce delays.

"In the off-peak hours, they allow people to turn," he said.

The construction project will allow access to most residences and businesses, however, it will be down to two lanes going both directions.

Suzanne and Eric Dahlberg are leaving for Yellowstone National Park for two weeks and were concerned about getting a big camper through Valley Creek Road in one lane.

County engineers said there will be enough space for large trucks and fire engines to drive through the construction.

The Dahlbergs will have access to their home located north of Valley Creek Road in the Evergreen Alcove neighborhood since there is only one way to get there from Tower Drive.

Parts of intersections like Tower Drive will be open during construction, said transportation planner Lyssa Leitner.

"We're not going to make you park over here and hike all the way," she said, pointing at a map during a presentation at the open house.

Homes and businesses that use other intersections along the corridor, like Currell Boulevard, City Centre Drive and Donegal Drive, will have access through alternative routes, which is why they will be closed for part of the construction period.

Construction is slated for completion in October.

Washington County Board members last week awarded the project bid to C.S. McCrossan of Maple Grove.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.