Highway 36 interchange construction begins in Oakdale

courtesy of Washington County Washington County’s Hadley Avenue/Highway 36 interchange redesign aims to alleviate congestion from traffic going to and from popular Oakdale places like Marcus Cinema. Construction will begin at the end of the month and run through 2020.

Washington County’s plan to alleviate congestion at the intersection of Hadley Avenue and Minnesota Highway 36 in Oakdale with an overpass bridge and interchange ramps will begin construction at the end of March. 

Access to Hadley Avenue and the Gateway Trail will be limited during construction, according to a Washington County statement, in which the county says drivers should be prepared for detours. 

Construction is expected to finish by the end of 2020. 

The project came about as a result of a 2014 Minnesota Department of Transportation highway study.

Project engineer Frank Ticknor said engineers plan to have Hadley Avenue cross over Highway 36 by bridge, which would have on and off ramps looping on the west side of Hadley.

The total project cost is estimated at $22 million, which includes the cost of modifications to the Gateway Trail, which runs along the south side of Highway 36. 

The county’s website about the project states $7 million will come from federal funding via the Surface Transportation Program, $5 million from MnDOT via its Transportation Economic Development grant program, and $1 million from a Department of Natural Resources grant for the Gateway Trail crossing. 

A commercial right-of-way donation, as well as county and city state-aid road funds will also be used.


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