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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.

The City of Shakopee partnered with the Shakopee School District and the Shakopee Youth Baseball Association to construct a full-sized baseball field on 10 acres of undeveloped land at Tahpah Park.

Project Scope

Tahpah Park has 10 undeveloped acres on its west side. Two baseball fields are planned for this area: a youth 12-13-year-old field and a full-size baseball field.

When reviewing the 2017 Park Reserve projects, the City Council identified the construction of one field as a priority project. It was determined that the two fields would be built in two different phases. The first phase includes site preparation for both fields and the construction of the full-size baseball field.  

Timeline

     
 Approval of final plans and specifications  City Council  Feb. 21, 2017 
 Bid awarded to Rachel Contracting  City Council  April 18, 2017 
 Construction begins  Rachel Contracting  May 1, 2017
 Full-size field completed  Rachel Contracting  Sept. 15, 2017
 Full-size field available for use    Spring 2018
 12- to 13-year-old field to be constructed    

Funding

The 2017 Park Reserve Fund allocates $275,000 for the design and construction of a baseball field at Tahpah Park. The Shakopee School District has agreed to contribute $150,000 and SYBA will contribute $75,000 over five years. The total amount available for the project is $500,000.