NEWSBRIEF: WSB and Associates will do design work on Ideal Avenue pavement, safety improvements

WSB and Associates will do design work for the Pavement and Safety Improvement Project on County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 13, or Ideal Avenue, after the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a $640,314 contract with the company Jan. 22.

The contract will be paid for with state aid and local funds.

This is the second phase of the improvements on Ideal Avenue, and runs one mile from CSAH 14 (34th Street) to 44th Street. The roadway separates the cities of Lake Elmo and Oakdale.

The project includes replacing the pavement, improving drainage, enhancing roadway safety, and completing bike and trail connections. This is similar to the first phase of the project that was from 44th Street to 50th Street, completed in 2017.

Construction will be done in 2022. WSB will provide project coordination, public engagement, traffic analysis, environmental documentation, utility coordination, and drainage analysis, among other tasks.

The roadway carries between 2,750 and 3,850 vehicles per day, with future traffic forecasted to be from 4,800 to 5,900 vehicles per day. It will continue to be a two-lane highway. Currently, the roadway’s shoulders are incomplete, and there are no pedestrian facilities.

The project will evaluate the intersection for safety, as well as shoulder widths and pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The drainage will be improved so that runoff is captured and treated.

Preliminary design will be done by summer, with final design completed during the last half of 2019.

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