Motorists on one of Eden Prairie’s busiest roads will face disruptions beginning Monday, June 20 through mid-July for repaving.
Flying Cloud Drive (County Road 61) will get a fresh coat of asphalt during a project that will extend through the end of July, according to Hennepin County.
Crews will start work with full, directional closures between Pioneer Trail (County Road 1) and Technology Drive. One direction of traffic will be closed at a time.
Work will begin with the southbound lanes of Flying Cloud Drive and then switch to the northbound lanes. Repaving for each direction of traffic is expected to take 10 days to complete, weather permitting. Signage will be used to inform drivers about the closures.
Most of the work requiring lane closures is expected to be completed by mid-July. However, crews will be on-site completing other tasks that could result in periodic delays through the end of July.
Work will take longer because crews will use a deep mill and overlay method in which most existing asphalt layers are removed before new asphalt is laid down. This method is expected to help the pavement last longer, according to a county website.
Through traffic will need to use the signed detour to get around the closure. Local traffic will need to use alternate routes to access businesses and residences along Flying Cloud Drive.
Access will be provided to roads intersecting Flying Cloud Drive within the closure area. Flaggers will guide people at intersections. Intersections could be fully closed for up to an hour at a time to complete the repaving.
Detours will direct traffic to Pioneer Trail, Highway 169 and I-494.
Using the signed detour will keep motorists from experiencing additional delays. It will also help local streets stay safe for individuals and families who live and play in the area.
Walking, rolling and biking
Residents will have access to sidewalks and trails along the construction route.