Thursday, March 28, 2013
The city will feel the effects of some of the 280 projects statewide.
Hopkins residents will feel the effects of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s $1.1 billion 2013 road construction season. On Wednesday, MnDOT announced road closings and detours from 280 construction projects—87 projects in the metro and 193 projects in greater Minnesota. Projects near Hopkins include: Hwy 169 Use the map above to see a select list of projects near Hopkins. For a full list of projects, see the PDFs to the right.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
CenterPoint Energy is replacing a pipeline under the rail line.
Drivers could see slow downs on Blake Road over the next month. CenterPoint Energy is replacing a section of 24-inch pipeline that runs under the railroad tracks. For the next 30 days, Blake Road will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Second Street Northeast and just south of the tracks. The regional trail will remain open. Stay up to date on all your local news. Sign up for the free Hopkins Patch newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Editor James Warden's Pinterest boards. Do you own a local business? Click here to learn about five easy ways your business can use Patch.
Friday, May 25, 2012
If you’re heading out of town for the long Memorial Day weekend or taking a drive around town, there are several areas of roadwork you might want to avoid around the metro.
Here is a list of some of the projects, that might impact motorists traveling through the metro for Memorial Day weekend, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and area cities. To find out realtime traffic information, visit our Patch commute page. Interstate 94 westbound Road reconstruction is taking place between County Road 19 in Albertville and State Highway 241 near St. Michael. State Highway 55 Road construction is taking place in both directions on State Highway 55 between County Road 20 in Rockford and County Road 101 in Medina. According to MnDOT roadwork begins in Rockford and works east. Motorists are advised to expect “delays due to lane closures and full roadway closures as the project …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Residents should have more time to pay assessments for next year’s street project.
Hopkins property owners should have more time to pay their assessments thanks to a change in the way the city plans street improvement projects. Assessments are a recurring point of contention between property owners and city officials—as they were again earlier this year. City policy is for benefitting properties to pay 70 percent of street reconstruction costs and half the water service replacement costs. Homeowners counter that the assessments are too onerous for tough economic times and that they don’t have enough time to save. In order to accommodate property owners, city officials reworked the process so that it should kick off two months earlier this year—with the feasibility study ordered in June instead of August. Construction …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Assessments will drop as much as 30 percent for some homeowners.
Owners of properties on streets that will be repaired this summer are getting a bit of a break from earlier assessments thanks to a bid that came in more than $500,000 below expectations. This year’s street improvements project was originally predicted to come in at $3.1 million, including contingency costs and overhead. However, Hopkins council members awarded a $2.5 million bid last week. The decline caused Third Street assessments to drop about $1,000, a 30 percent decrease, while Fourth Street homeowners had assessments fall 15 percent or about $500. Nonresidential properties along Minnetonka Mills saw assessments decline by 20 percent. Prior to the bid, Alice Smith was predicted to be assessed $250,000 and Gethsemane Lutheran Church $…
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Last week, the City Council signed off on sending the project out for bids.
A $3.1 million project that would transform the roads around Alice Smith took another step forward last week. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously authorized Hopkins staff to seek bids for a project that would lead to major changes around the elementary school—including a realignment of Minnetonka Mills Road so that it dead-ends at Ninth Avenue. There would also be work on Gethsemane Road and several roads south of Minnetonka Mills. (For full details, click on the PDFs to the right of the article.) Planners say that work will make the area around the school safer, but several neighbors say the city shouldn’t embark on a major project while so many still labor under a tough economy. In all, assessments from property owners would pay for …
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Work at the Bren Road interchange will bring detours and delays from spring through fall.
The Bren Road/Highway 169 interchange in Minnetonka is undergoing major changes. And as part of the renovation, the southbound Highway 169 entrance ramp from Bren Road will close at 6 a.m. tomorrow, June 9, and will remain closed through 6 a.m. Thursday, June 16. The northbound Highway 169 entrance ramp from Bren Road re-opened this afternoon, about 16 hours ahead of schedule. That ramp had been closed since June 2. This means that both Highway 169 ramps north of the Bren Road bridge are now open. The northbound Highway 169 exit ramp to Bren Road will also close. It was originally slated to close for seven days starting June 11, but this closure has been delayed to June 13, re-opening June 20. City officials hope that this staggered …
Friday, May 13, 2011
Two major projects are planned around the community.
It’s that season again. No, not spring. Road construction season. Two major road projects that will take place around Hopkins are slated to begin soon. The first is Hopkins’ 2011 street and utility improvement project, which is scheduled to start in late May. Streets will be replaced in the area south of Highway 7 and north of Second Street North—between 12th and 17th Avenues North. Street replacements will also take place on North Service Drive east of 12th Avenue. (The map above shows full details of where the work will take place.) Workers will also upgrade utilities and storm sewer in the area. Construction should be complete by October. In addition to the street-replacement project, the city will also be doing ongoing maintenance for …