A three-mile stretch of Minnesota Avenue south of 85th street is about to get some major work.
An $18 million project to reconstruct Minnesota, also known as Highway 115, will begin on Wednesday. The work being done includes grading, curb & gutter, storm sewer, traffic signals and lighting. Construction is expected to affect traffic coming in and out of Harrisburg.
“Mixed feelings. Anytime you’re going to do a big change like this there’s obviously very positive things that are going to come from it. We know the traffic will be much better once it’s completed,” Harrisburg High School Principal Ryan Rollinger said. “Just like any growing pains, which our district is used to, sometimes the process of getting there there are some things that you have to work around. The DOT and the engineers, all those people, have been very willing to talk with us and let us know what we’re going to do. There’s definitely going to be some hindrance for our traffic.”
The first phase of construction will shut down Minnesota from 273rd Street by Harrisburg High School to 271st Street this year. The overall project will wrap up in November of 2020.