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Century Avenue expansion behind schedule

Crews continue work on the Century Avenue expansion project. Woodbury public works officials say the project may not be complete until next year. Poor weather has delayed work this fall. Staff photo by Scott Wente.

The Century Avenue road construction project may stretch into 2010.

Woodbury city officials said weather problems and utility work have slowed progress on the expansion of Century Avenue from two lanes to four lanes.

The construction runs from about Woodbine Avenue, just south of I-94, to Lake Road.

Crews are trying to complete as much work as possible before the snow flies, but the project may not be done until next year, said John Luckfield, a city of Woodbury engineer technician.

"October was a terrible month for construction work," Luckfield said. "There is a good possibility that it may not be (complete before) the winter."

However, he added that the project could move along faster if there is a late-season warm-up.

David Jessup, Woodbury public works director, said the project status is on a day-to-day basis.

If the project must continue next year, Jessup said, crews will modify "transition areas," including where vehicles enter and exit the construction zone, to make them safer for travel in the winter months.

Century Avenue construction is a joint project of Woodbury, Maplewood and Ramsey and Washington counties.

Here are updates on two other local road projects:

n Crews are winding down work on the I-494 expansion project for the season by completing erosion control efforts and site stabilization, Jessup said last week. The interstate, from I-94 to Lake Road, will be expanded to three lanes in each direction in 2010. The highway will remain two lanes in each direction this winter.

n Work on Weir Drive south of Valley Creek Road is wrapping up. The pavement conditions were improved and the street was widened near McDonald's to accommodate vehicles turning into the restaurant lot, Jessup said. "That project is essentially completed."