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Woodbury road projects entering the home stretch

A construction crew works on the finishing touches at the Colby Lake neighborhood Friday. The road rehabilitation project at Colby Lake and Windwood is expected to be completed this week. Staff photo by Riham Feshir

Now that the weather is getting cooler and the leaves have started falling, it's time to wrap up road construction in Woodbury.

Two large neighborhoods saw some road work this summer that will end right on schedule this week.

Final paving and landscaping at Colby Lake and the Windwood neighborhoods will be completed this week to wrap up the upgrades, said project manager and city engineer Aaron Nelson.

"We pretty much ran into what we expected to and construction was very successful," he said.

The heat got in the way while crews were finishing up the sod, but Colby Lake ended up being slightly ahead of schedule, he added.

While those two projects are almost done, one major road in Woodbury will still be under construction through the end of October.

Traffic was shifted last weekend on Valley Creek Road from the north side to the south as workers began tearing up the road from Bielenberg Drive to Interlachen Parkway.

"Overall the project is still on track to be completed in early November," said Woodbury Public Works Director David Jessup.

Crews were also working on the trails, sidewalks and pedestrian ramps along the entire road last week, according to Washington County engineers.

Then they shifted their focus to the milling work that will be done this week and the concrete that will follow.

Jessup said most of the work will be focused on the area between Bielenberg Drive and Interlachen Parkway.

"They're not going to start working on the area east of Interlachen parkway until late October," he said, where it will be asphalt from there to Woodbury Drive.

Although the Valley Creek Road project is right on schedule, Council Member Paul Rebholz said he's surprised it won't be done early.

"I just sort of expected that since it hasn't rained," he said. "I was hoping that we'd be ahead of schedule on this project, but it is what it is."

Residents of Woodbury and those traveling through the city using the busiest road in the county have been cautious, Jessup said. Some have also chosen different routes since the project started in July.

"Overall the traffic and so forth has worked out really well, no major problems that I'm aware of at all."

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.