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Flooding Update for Highway 41 in Chaska 

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Highway 41 will close between Highway 169 and Chaska Boulevard at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, due to the rising water levels of the Minnesota River. Highway 41 will remain closed until the water recedes and any damage to the road can be repaired. Motorists can expect additional traffic on the Highway 101 river crossing in Shakopee.

Over the weekend, MnDOT restriped northbound Highway 169 over the Bloomington Ferry Bridge to add a temporary third lane to ease congestion.

As part of the future Canterbury Commons, road and infrastructure projects have begun on the extension Shenandoah Drive, a new public street that will connect the intersection of Eastway Avenue, Shenandoah Drive and Barenscheer Boulevard with the intersection of 12th Avenue and Vierling Drive.

This project is driven by the developers with oversight by city staff.

Improvements include:

  • Construction of roadway with multiple roundabouts, ponds, streetscaping and street lighting
  • Construction of storm sewer, sanitary sewer and water main

Blasting Operations

The project site is in a unique area of Shakopee where the bedrock is less than one foot below the surface. This requires the construction crews to remove a significant amount of rock before construction of underground utilities can begin. The contractors have determined the most cost-effective way to do so is by blasting the rock.

Blasting operations will be limited in the area and will only be allowed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. During blasting, it is estimated there will be up to three blasts per day.

Blasting will last into March. Utility installation and roadway construction will continue throughout the winter. The project is expected to wrap up in late 2019.

Project Area Maps

Shenandoah Drive Construction Project Map

Funding

The estimated $8.4 million project will be reimbursed from the Canterbury Tax Increment Financing District, approved in 2018.