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Portion of Military Road to close for good June 11

Military Road is closing June 11, and will not reopen. The detour route is Jamacai Avenue and 70th Street. Courtesy of the city of Cottage Grove 1 / 2
As development heats up on the north end of the city, Ravine Parkway becomes a necessary construction project. The new road will cut off Military Road, promting some residents to inform neighbors by making signs. Katie Nelson / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

COTTAGE GROVE — As the city ramps up for construction of the new Ravine Parkway on the northern end of town, so too do preparations begin to close a section of Military Road indefinitely.

Military is closing to make room for new arterial road Ravine Parkway, which will provide access to several new residential developments on the northern end of the city.

Starting June 11, the road will close from Jamaica Avenue to Keats Avenue. Military will end in cul-de-sacs about a half mile before Keats and near the last property to the north of the future Ravine Parkway.

The detour route will be 70th Street to Jamaica Avenue. Properties near the Cedarhurst Mansion can gain access from Keats Avenue.

Ravine is designed with a landscaped section intersects Military Road, cutting the sides off from each other.

Eventually new development will provide access for residents, eliminating the need for Military Road, Levitt said.

"There will be a permanent detour in place during the duration of the construction that will help to educate residents, too, about the rerouting of Military Road," Jennifer Levitt said.

City Council members and staff said they have been fielding calls for weeks about the closure.

Residents in the area have expressed anger at public hearings during council meetings over the winter, because their main roadway will be closing this year, that they will lose use of a major roadway and because of the historical significance of the road.

Military Road — which currently runs from Keats Avenue in Cottage Grove to just short of Interstate-494 in Newport — was authorized by Congress in the 1850s as a corridor from Point Douglas in Hastings to Fort Ripley by going through St. Paul.

City Engineer Jennifer Levitt said Military Road will eventually be phased out as path for motories and will become a trail corridor with historical opportunities.