Project Vital Statistics
Total Contract Work Completed as of June 30, 2021: 80%
• Temporary hay bales have been removed and replaced with sound-dampening curtains to help reduce noise generated by pile driving and sheet pile driving affecting nearby neighborhoods.
• Concrete bridge decks are complete for two bridges over 21 St: one for BNSF Railway train traffic and the other for Otter Tail Valley Railroad traffic.
• OTVR railroad track is completed and operational. BNSF trains will continue to use the temporary BNSF railroad track (shoo-fly) until approximately the end of October, when the permanent track is expected to be installed.
• Approximately 70% of excavation has been completed (204,000 cubic yards).
• Approximately 69,000 feet of structural support piling (69% of total contract amount) has been installed.
• The stormwater pumping station is complete.
• A second period of night construction is expected to follow completion of the BNSF permanent track in late October/early November.
• Construct 3rd bridge – anticipated Summer/Fall 2021
• Complete BNSF permanent track – anticipated November 2021
• Complete underpass and open to traffic - Anticipated June 2022
• Complete BNSF wye track and close 1 Ave S to through traffic - anticipated June 2022
Major Road Closure/Detour Continues:
Traffic should use either 1 Ave S, 28 Ave S, or Highway 10 as an east/west route and 34 St S or 8 St S as a north/south route. Closure of the intersection of SE Main and 20 St|21 St (all directions) will remain in place, likely until June 2022.
Other Travel Impacts:
20 St from 8 Ave to 6 Ave is now open, however, 20 St north of 6 Ave remains closed
21 St S from 2 Ave S to 4 Ave S and 4 Ave S from 21 St S to 22 St S is open to traffic, one lane in each direction
Main Ave from 17 St S to 19 St S and 19 St S from Main Ave to 4 Ave S is open to traffic
The proposed project will reconstruct and realign the intersection of SE Main Ave and 20 St/21 St to pass under new bridges that will carry the BNSF and Otter Tail Valley Railroad tracks over the streets. The project will result in improvements to safety and congestion for vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, and emergency services.
The project also includes the construction of new track (called a wye) that will allow direct northbound to eastbound and westbound to southbound train movements. Under existing conditions, trains must travel into the Downtown area, stop, and reverse direction to make these movements. The wye will eliminate delays at the Downtown crossings associated with trains backing up. Construction of the wye will require the closure of 1 Ave S near the wye track.
Jon Atkins, City Traffic Engineer
Detour and Traffic Concerns 218.299.5388
Levi Hockett, City Inspector
Specific Construction Questions 218.299.5396
For Other Inquiries
Contact the Engineering Department