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Washington County: Gateway BRT, highway projects OK'd,

County approves BRT for Gateway

Washington County Board, acting as the Washington County Regional Railroad Authority, approved the Gateway Corridor Commission’s recommendation for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) last week.

The board took action Tuesday, Aug. 12, on what is called a scoping decision that will advance to further study in the draft environmental impact statement.

Gateway Corridor Commission decided on a BRT versus a light-rail transit (LRT) last month, due to LRT’s high cost and low competitiveness in the federal process.

Gateway Corridor is a transitway that stretches from downtown St. Paul to Manning Avenue in Woodbury along Interstate 94. The project is in its fifth year of planning. Construction could start in 2020. Officials will continue to hold public hearings in the next two months.

Road, park projects cost $725,000

Washington County Board approved a contract that bundles four highway projects and two parks projects into one consultant package.

The $725,310 contract with Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. includes the following area projects:

— Hardwood Creek Trail Pavement Rehabilitation, $118,025. The Hardwood Creek Trail project will include a 9 1/2-mile pavement rehabilitation of the trail and upgraded signs and trail crossings. Construction will be done in fall 2014 and spring 2015.

— St. Croix Valley Regional Trail (Phase 1), $95,779. Surveying and preliminary design will be completed for the proposed St. Croix Valley Regional Trail.

— County Highway 22 (70th Street) Corridor Management and Safety, $419,009. The project will include intersection, pavement, and pedestrian facilities improvements between Highway 61 and County Highway 19, constructed is set for summer 2017.

-Afton’s County Highway 21 Slope Stability, $37,499. A slope repair south of downtown Afton is planned for 2014 construction and a design and plan preparation is necessary before the project can begin.

-County Highway 12 (75th Street) and County Highway 17 (Lake Elmo Avenue) Traffic Signal, $24,995. A traffic signal is planned for the intersection to be installed in 2015; an all-way stop is planned for August 2014.

-County Highway 15 (Manning Trail North) and Big Marine Park Reserve Entrance Center Left Turn Lane, $29,999. The firm will design center left turn lanes on Manning Avenue at the entrance to Big Marine Park Reserve, with construction expected in summer 2015.

—Riham Feshir

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.