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Construction brings changes along Highway 13 in Dakota County 2013Construction brings changes along Hwy. 13 in Dakota County
A two-year construction project at Hwy. 13 and County Road 5 delivers problems and improvements to local businesses.
By Liala Helal Minneapolis Star Tribune- June 29, 2013

Josie Scheerz is relieved that in two years, she won't hear frequent crashes and sirens while she's at work.

"I couldn't be happier," she said. "There are a lot of accidents out here and it'll be nice not to hear those while we're working."

As a salesperson at Fantasy Gifts, on the frontage road off Hwy. 13 and County Road 5 in Burnsville, she's near the intersection with one of the highest crash rates in the state.

Dakota County began a two-year construction project this spring to create an interchange — County Road 5 will be a bridge going over Hwy. 13, with loops and ramps connecting the two, instead of the current traffic lights at the intersection. The project will cost $27.5 million in construction alone, and is expected to improve traffic flow and reduce crashes.

Seven businesses along the frontage road near Fantasy Gifts were torn down to make room, and that is actually helping business, Scheerz said.
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Many business locations along Hwy. 13, including All Cars, have “Open During Construction” signs to alert customers that they are open for business.

"There's just a lot more open space, so from [Hwy.] 13 people can see us, where they wouldn't have before," she said. "We're going to be a lot more visible. It's going to end up being quite to our advantage."
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Overhaul of Highway 13 and County Road 5 planned for 2013 - (2011 article)By Clare Kennedy, Burnsville Patch Staff
Dec 8, 2011

After years of stalls and false starts, the intersection at Highway 13 West and County Road 5 will have a major makeover.

The Burnsville City Council has pledged $6.3 million to the $44.2 million project, plus a portion of any unanticipated cost overruns—a burden the city will share with Dakota County.

"It's a lot of money, but I would argue that we're getting a bargain," said City Engineer Ryan Peterson.

Once complete, the intersection's stop light will be gone. In its place will be a loop, which will capture traffic in the southbound lanes of Highway 13 West and redirect it—north into the Minnesota River Quadrant, south onto County Road 5 or onward to Savage. Also, frontage roads will be realigned and three access points to Highway 13 east of the interchange will be closed permanently.

Officials hope the loop reduces conflict between the north- and south-bound lanes while making the flow of traffic more efficient.

The project will directly impact a number of nearby businesses. Dakota County is working to secure land from , , Valvoline Oil, an auto glass company and a carpet seller. All will have to vacate their current sites by early 2012, Peterson said. Work on the project will begin in spring 2013 and could be finished by the end of that year, Peterson said.

The city has long sought to revamp the intersection, which Peterson described as one of the most dangerous and congested in the city. Officially, the project got its start in 2005, when the city embarked on a preliminary study. However, Peterson said the interchange has been on the city's to-do list since the mid-1990s.

The project languished for lack of funding until the federal government and the Minnesota Department of Transportation agreed to pitch in. Under the current agreement, the total cost will be split between Burnsville and four other political entities. MnDOT bears most of the cost: The agency will contribute $19.5 million to the project, while the federal government is contributing $9.6 million. At this point, Dakota County's contirbution will be $8.8 million.

The Dakota County Community Development Agency will also be responsible for just $200,000 of the total cost. The county and city, though, will pay any cost overruns.

"I remember when (the cost was) was $25 million, then it went up to $40 million and now it's $45 million," Council Member Dan Kealey said. "It seems like every year we wait, there's a few million added onto it."

When asked about the apparent increase in the project's cost, Peterson said such run-ups are typical when a project moves from proposal to reality and that purchasing private property in the path of construction accounted for some of the increased cost.

Council Member Dan Gustafson invoked the name of late — a longtime proponent of the project who died in March — and praised Peterson and others for their persistence.

"We didn't think it was ever going to happen. I think Charlie would be really happy to see this," Gustafson said. "It's a huge, huge project and hopefully it will get the Minnesota River Quadrant will be kick started."
CR5Hwy13ConstructionUpdate_040513.pdf
Thank you for your patience while we increase safety and improve traffic flow at the County Road 5/Trunk Highway 13 intersection 2013Thank you for your patience while we increase safety and improve traffic flow at the County Road 5/Trunk Highway 13 intersection.

WHAT’S BEING DONE? A new interchange will be constructed at County Road 5 and Trunk Highway 13 in Burnsville. Work will include construction of a bridge, ramps, loop, retaining and noise walls, updating public utilities (storm sewer, watermain, and sanitary sewer), relocating private utilities, upgrading signal systems, and improvements to the frontage roads.

WHEN WILL WORK TAKE PLACE? Work on the project is tentatively scheduled to begin on April 15. 2013. Reconstruction of the frontage roads, Williams Drive, and County Road 5 will take place in 2013. Much of the construction of the bridge, ramps, loop, and work on Trunk Highway 13 will occur in 2014. Completion of the project is scheduled for early summer 2015...
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Highway 13 and County Road 5 Bridge 2013 - 2015Construction of the new bridge and re-working of Highway 13 at County Road 5. Photo compliments of Ames Construction.


WHEN WILL WORK TAKE PLACE? Work on the project is tentatively scheduled to begin on April 15. 2013. Reconstruction of the frontage roads, Williams Drive, and County Road 5 will take place in 2013. Much of the construction of the bridge, ramps, loop, and work on Trunk Highway 13 will occur in 2014. Completion of the project is scheduled for early summer 2015...
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Highway 13 and County Road 5 Bridge 2013 - 2015Construction of the new bridge at Highway 13 and County Road 5. Photo compliments of Ames Construction.

WHEN WILL WORK TAKE PLACE? Work on the project is tentatively scheduled to begin on April 15. 2013. Reconstruction of the frontage roads, Williams Drive, and County Road 5 will take place in 2013. Much of the construction of the bridge, ramps, loop, and work on Trunk Highway 13 will occur in 2014. Completion of the project is scheduled for early summer 2015...
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HIghway 13 and County Road 5 Bridge projectWork on the Highway 13 and County Road 5 bridge project, photo compliments of Ames Construction.
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HIghway 13 and County Road 5 Road construction projectConstruction at Highway 13 and County Road 5 of a new bridge completed 2014. Photo compliments of Ames Construction.
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Highway 13 and County Road 5 Bridge 2013 - 2015Construction of the new bridge at Highway 13 and County Road 5. Photo compliments of Ames Construction.

WHEN WILL WORK TAKE PLACE? Work on the project is tentatively scheduled to begin on April 15. 2013. Reconstruction of the frontage roads, Williams Drive, and County Road 5 will take place in 2013. Much of the construction of the bridge, ramps, loop, and work on Trunk Highway 13 will occur in 2014. Completion of the project is scheduled for early summer 2015...
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Highway 13 and County Road 5 Bridge 2013 - 2015Construction of the new bridge at Highway 13 and County Road 5. Photo compliments of Ames Construction.

WHEN WILL WORK TAKE PLACE? Work on the project is tentatively scheduled to begin on April 15. 2013. Reconstruction of the frontage roads, Williams Drive, and County Road 5 will take place in 2013. Much of the construction of the bridge, ramps, loop, and work on Trunk Highway 13 will occur in 2014. Completion of the project is scheduled for early summer 2015...
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HIghway 13 and County Road 5 Road construction project Construction at Highway 13 and County Road 5 of a new bridge completed 2014. Photo compliments of Ames Construction.
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Highway 13 and County Road 5 Bridge 2013 - 2015Construction of the new bridge at Highway 13 and County Road 5. Photo compliments of Ames Construction.


WHEN WILL WORK TAKE PLACE? Work on the project is tentatively scheduled to begin on April 15. 2013. Reconstruction of the frontage roads, Williams Drive, and County Road 5 will take place in 2013. Much of the construction of the bridge, ramps, loop, and work on Trunk Highway 13 will occur in 2014. Completion of the project is scheduled for early summer 2015...
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Highway 13 and County Road 5 Bridge 2013 - 2015Construction of the new bridge at Highway 13 and County Road 5. Photo compliments of Ames Construction.

WHEN WILL WORK TAKE PLACE? Work on the project is tentatively scheduled to begin on April 15. 2013. Reconstruction of the frontage roads, Williams Drive, and County Road 5 will take place in 2013. Much of the construction of the bridge, ramps, loop, and work on Trunk Highway 13 will occur in 2014. Completion of the project is scheduled for early summer 2015...
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Highway 13 and County Road 5 Bridge 2013 - 2015Construction of the new bridge and re-working of Highway 13 at County Road 5. Photo compliments of Ames Construction.


WHEN WILL WORK TAKE PLACE? Work on the project is tentatively scheduled to begin on April 15. 2013. Reconstruction of the frontage roads, Williams Drive, and County Road 5 will take place in 2013. Much of the construction of the bridge, ramps, loop, and work on Trunk Highway 13 will occur in 2014. Completion of the project is scheduled for early summer 2015...
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Highway 13 and County Road 5 Bridge 2013 - 2015Construction of the new bridge at Highway 13 and County Road 5. Photo compliments of Ames Construction.


WHEN WILL WORK TAKE PLACE? Work on the project is tentatively scheduled to begin on April 15. 2013. Reconstruction of the frontage roads, Williams Drive, and County Road 5 will take place in 2013. Much of the construction of the bridge, ramps, loop, and work on Trunk Highway 13 will occur in 2014. Completion of the project is scheduled for early summer 2015...
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Highway 13 and County Road 5 Bridge 2013 - 2015Construction of the new bridge and re-working of Highway 13 at County Road 5. Photo compliments of Ames Construction.


WHEN WILL WORK TAKE PLACE? Work on the project is tentatively scheduled to begin on April 15. 2013. Reconstruction of the frontage roads, Williams Drive, and County Road 5 will take place in 2013. Much of the construction of the bridge, ramps, loop, and work on Trunk Highway 13 will occur in 2014. Completion of the project is scheduled for early summer 2015...
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HIghway 13 and County Road 5 Bridge projectWork on the Highway 13 and County Road 5 bridge project, photo compliments of Ames Construction.
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Ames Construction - HIghway 13 and County Road 5 projectConstruction of the new bridge at Highway 13 and County Road 5. Photo compliments of Ames Construction.

WHEN WILL WORK TAKE PLACE? Work on the project is tentatively scheduled to begin on April 15. 2013. Reconstruction of the frontage roads, Williams Drive, and County Road 5 will take place in 2013. Much of the construction of the bridge, ramps, loop, and work on Trunk Highway 13 will occur in 2014. Completion of the project is scheduled for early summer 2015...
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HIghway 13 and County Road 5 Bridge projectWork on the Highway 13 and County Road 5 bridge project, photo compliments of Ames Construction.
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HIghway 13 and County Road 5 Bridge projectWork on the Highway 13 and County Road 5 bridge project, photo compliments of Ames Construction.
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HIghway 13 and County Road 5 Road construction projectHighway 13 and County Road 5 construction, compliments of Ames Construction.
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Highway 13 and County Road 5 Bridge 2013 - 2015Construction of the new bridge at Highway 13 and County Road 5. Photo compliments of Ames Construction.

WHEN WILL WORK TAKE PLACE? Work on the project is tentatively scheduled to begin on April 15. 2013. Reconstruction of the frontage roads, Williams Drive, and County Road 5 will take place in 2013. Much of the construction of the bridge, ramps, loop, and work on Trunk Highway 13 will occur in 2014. Completion of the project is scheduled for early summer 2015...
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Highway 13 and County Road 5 Bridge 2013 - 2015Construction of the new bridge at Highway 13 and County Road 5. Photo compliments of Ames Construction.

WHEN WILL WORK TAKE PLACE? Work on the project is tentatively scheduled to begin on April 15. 2013. Reconstruction of the frontage roads, Williams Drive, and County Road 5 will take place in 2013. Much of the construction of the bridge, ramps, loop, and work on Trunk Highway 13 will occur in 2014. Completion of the project is scheduled for early summer 2015...
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Highway 13 and County Road 5 Bridge 2013 - 2015Construction of the new bridge at Highway 13 and County Road 5. Photo compliments of Ames Construction.

WHEN WILL WORK TAKE PLACE? Work on the project is tentatively scheduled to begin on April 15. 2013. Reconstruction of the frontage roads, Williams Drive, and County Road 5 will take place in 2013. Much of the construction of the bridge, ramps, loop, and work on Trunk Highway 13 will occur in 2014. Completion of the project is scheduled for early summer 2015...
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Ames Construction - HIghway 13 and County Road 5 projectConstruction of the new bridge at Highway 13 and County Road 5. Photo compliments of Ames Construction.

WHEN WILL WORK TAKE PLACE? Work on the project is tentatively scheduled to begin on April 15. 2013. Reconstruction of the frontage roads, Williams Drive, and County Road 5 will take place in 2013. Much of the construction of the bridge, ramps, loop, and work on Trunk Highway 13 will occur in 2014. Completion of the project is scheduled for early summer 2015...
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