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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Dakota County to host open house on County Road 42 bridge repairs

Review plans to repair the County Road 42 bridge over Interstate 35W in Burnsville at an open house on Thursday, April 21 from 3–7 p.m. at the Burnsville City Hall, 100 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville.
 
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has scheduled repairs for the bridge this summer. The work will be coordinated with a Dakota County project to extend the eastbound turn lane to northbound I-35W. 
 
Construction will include repairing the County Road 42 bridge deck, replacing bridge joints, repairing sidewalks, extending the eastbound County Road 42 turn lane west of Buck Hill Road and reconstructing the signal at Buck Hill Road/southbound I-35W ramp.
 
During the open house, residents will have the chance to review preliminary plans, official detour routes and local impacted routes. They can also ask questions and provide feedback.
 
County Road 42 is a vital connection in the heart of the "Burnsville Center" shopping area. The road carries
an average of 50,000 vehicles per day and a majority of them use the I-35W eastbound ramp from County Road 42. This can cause back-ups as far back as the Aldrich Avenue intersection. 
 
The bridge repairs will help improve the infrastructure and reduce the need for significantly larger maintenance repairs in the future while the turn lane extension will improve safety.

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