By Ivan Raconteur
CARVER COUNTY, MN More and more traffic has been appearing in the Highway 7 project area, and MnDOT representative Kelly Brunkhorst and Knife River project manager Ron Hall remind motorists that the road is still closed, even though paving is nearing completion.
Local traffic is permitted, which means that those traveling to or from homes or businesses in the project area can access highway 7 from the nearest crossroad, but other traffic is being ticketed by law enforcement officers.
Brunkhorst said paving of driving lanes is complete in the three grading sections, which include McLeod County Road 15 to Eagle Avenue, the area near McLeod County Road 9, and Carver County Road 21 to Tacoma Avenue.
Crews were expected to finish paving the shoulders in this area last week.
Once the shoulders are complete, crews will apply the final two inches of bituminous on the remainder of the project area from Highway 25 in Carver County west to Silver Lake. Shoulders and driving lanes will be paved in one 20-foot wide pass to provide the smoothest surface possible, Brunkhorst said.
When paving is complete, the remaining signs will be installed and pavement striping and rumble stripes will be installed.
The entire project is still set to be complete by Saturday, Nov. 15.