Washington County Plans New Intersection at County Road 17 & Highway 5 in Lake Elmo


Washington County is planning a new intersection for County Road 17 and Highway 5 in Lake Elmo.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners this week approved a $120,000 contract with SRF Consulting Group for design engineering of the intersection.

Washington County will construct two traffic signals and dedicated right-turn lanes on Highway 5 at the north and south portions of County Road 17 in Lake Elmo. The project also includes a dedicated right-turn lane at Laverne Avenue North on the north side of Highway 5.

County officials say the proposed improvements are needed to reduce crashes, mitigate sight distance issues and improve mobility on the roadways.

Washington County was awarded $462,000 for the project from the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Office of Metro State Aid for the Cooperative Agreement Program.

The estimated project cost is $669,500—$119,500 for design and $550,000 for construction.\

Of that, $462,000 will come from the Cooperative Agreement funds and $207,500 will come from County State Aid funds.

Engineering is expected to be completed this spring, bids will be let in July and construction will begin this fall and continue into spring 2015.

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