The contractor will build the roundabout when the highway is closed to traffic. Highway 41 is closed between Hazeltine Blvd and just north of Peavey Rd until 5 a.m. on Monday, September 25, 2023.
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Starting on June 26, 2023, Highway 41 will be closed for up to 3 months between Hazeltine Blvd and just north of Peavey Rd. Highway 41 is scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, September 25, 2023. Sign up for project email alerts to get progress and schedule updates.
The detour uses Pioneer Trail, Audubon Road, and Lyman Boulevard.
Businesses and residences will be accessible from Hazeltine Blvd or Lyman Blvd when Highway 41 is closed. The Pondview businesses along Highway 41 will have access from the north during construction. Thru-traffic will be detoured around the construction using Pioneer Trail, Audubon Rd, and Lyman Blvd.
The roundabout will provide safer access to Peavey Rd and the new Oak Ridge Commons site, where Costco will be. The roundabout will slow vehicle speeds and reduce the wait time for vehicles entering or exiting Highway 41. The roundabout will also allow for more free-flowing traffic on Highway 41.
A roundabout was chosen because they have fewer opportunities for crashes compared to intersections with traffic lights or stop signs. The shape of a roundabout eliminates high-speed, right-angle, and head-on crashes. It also allows for quicker reaction time because of the low traffic speed.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the city of Chaska were part of the planning of the Peavey Rd/Hwy 41 intersection approvements.
Once construction is complete, motorists will use the roundabout to access Peavey Rd and the new Oak Ridge Commons site or to continue on Highway 41. Similar to the roundabout at Highway 41/Lyman Blvd north of the project area, motorists will enter the roundabout when there is a gap in traffic. All traffic goes through the roundabout in the same direction.
The lanes will be wide enough to accommodate buses, fire, and other large trucks. The apron in the center of the roundabout is there to help large vehicles move through the roundabout as needed.
Roundabouts typically create less delay than signalized and stop sign controlled intersections. The shortened wait time is most noticeable during non-peak traffic periods.
A roundabout at this location is anticipated to adequately handle traffic coming to and through the area.
The Peavey Rd/Highway 41 roundabout will be built to accommodate a potential future expansion to a 4-lane highway.
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