Expect a couple changes to your Cedar Avenue travels this week, as road construction for a new bus rapid transit system continues:
- Southbound Cedar between 150th and Upper 136th streets is slated to be reduced to two lanes beginning Wednesday, according to Dakota County; this closure is slated to continue through the summer. The lane closure on the northbound side also will continue.
- The traffic signal at 142nd Street is scheduled to be removed permanently on Wednesday. Traffic on Cedar will no longer have to stop, and there will be stop signs for vehicles entering Cedar from 142nd, which will only be able to make right turns.
Temporary lane closures are possible between Dodd Road in Lakeville and 155th Street to work on the median, and additional southbound closures between 136th and 150th for striping and setting barriers are possible as well.
Median closures at 138th and 143rd are slated to be permanent, according to the county; no left turns will be possible onto either of these roads from Cedar. Access to Upper 139th Street from Cedar also is permanently closed.
Plans could change based on weather conditions.
Construction on the road . The project to accommodate a bus rapid transit system, a station-to-station line that would have buses running from Lakeville to a park-and-ride near the Mall of America and back every 15 minutes during the week.
The goal of bus rapid transit, which also is recommended or planned for other corridors besides Cedar, is to better and more quickly connect the southern suburbs with Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Construction is set to continue through 2012, with opening of the system still slated for November, according to the Pioneer Press.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation also will be performing $7.5 million of work on Cedar Avenue from 138th Street in Apple Valley up to the Minnesota River in Bloomington, slated to begin in August.
Some construction work, however, is planned through summer 2013, according to the county.