by April Scheinoha
Starting next week, motorists may have to alter their routes in Thief River Falls.
Construction is expected to start Monday, Aug. 1 on Greenwood Street between Hanson Drive and Highway 59. The project will realign that segment of Greenwood Street with Greenwood Street East near Slumberland. It will also extend the frontage road from the Walmart intersection to the realigned Greenwood Street.
Starting Monday, Aug. 8, Greenwood Street will be closed to through traffic between Hanson Drive and Highway 59. The road will be open to local traffic. Mark Borseth, community services director, said that segment is expected to be closed to through traffic for up to three weeks. A detour will be in place from Greenwood Street to Spruce Avenue to First Street to Highway 59. The project is expected to be completed Friday, Aug. 26.
Borseth said the Minnesota Department of Transportation may install a traffic control signal system at the intersection in 2018. However, he said MnDOT could also look at a roundabout there.
Next week, curb and gutter will be replaced on Davis Avenue from Third to Eighth streets. The road will only be open to local traffic.
During the week of Monday, Aug. 8, work will begin on reclaiming the road, repairing sewer issues and paving the road. Borseth said the completion date has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 17.
Those projects are part of a $2.4 million construction project, which also includes:
• Construction of Greenwood Street East and Nadine Street
• Edge mill and overlay of Atlantic Avenue
• Edge mill and overlay of Oakland Park Road from Greenwood Street to Highway 32
• Edge mill and overlay of First Street from Highway 59 to Sherwood Avenue
• Construction of a multi-use trail along Pennington Avenue from Eastwood Drive to Evergreen Street and then along Evergreen Street to Challenger Elementary School
• Water main replacements underneath portions of Conley, St. Paul and Markley avenues