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News - Hwy 4 project receives innovative grant
The Federal Highway Administration announced this week that the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the city of St. James have been awarded a demonstration grant to construct two mini-roundabouts and back-in-diagonal parking as part of the Highway 4 reconstruction project in 2016.
The Accelerated Innovation Deployment grant is for $864,000 and will be applied to the shared cost of the mini-roundabouts replacing signalized Highway 4 intersections with 7th Street and Armstrong Boulevard in downtown St. James.
Hwy 4 through the city of St. James is in poor condition and in disrepair. The city utility infrsstructure is also in poor condition and is currently experiencing multiple breaks each winter. MnDOT received municipal consent for the projects project in December 2014. The project includes reconstruction of approximately 1.6 miles of Hwy 4, including two new mini-roundabouts. Project elements include:
- Reconstruct Hwy 4 from approximately 200 feet south of 10th Avenue S. to 11th Avenue N.
- Realign 7th Aveneue S. to address the skew and increase safety
- Construct mini-roundabouts at the two existing signals on 1st Avenue
- Provide back-in parallell parking downtown
- Replace existing sidewalk and install new sidewalk
- Bring all pedstrian accommodations up to American's with Disability Act (ADA) standards
- Upgrade city utility infrastructure - storm sewer throughout the corridor
- Upgrade lighting standards and fixtures
April - Sept. 2015 - Project Design
Oct. 2015 - Jan. 2016 - Agency Approvals
Feb. - April 2016 - Project Bidding
May - Oct. 2016 - Year 1 Construction
May - Sept. 2017 - Year 2 Construction
Through-traffic of Hwy 4 will be detoured during most of the 2016-17 construction season. Local access to businesses and residences will be maintained. Detour routes include Highway 4, County Roads 57, 56 and 55.
View/print through-traffic 2016 detour route (PDF 2 MB)
Hwy 4 will be constructed in three phases over two years. Phase 1 and Phase 2 are constructed in 2016. Phase 1 includes the downtown and fairgrounds area. Phase 2 includes the area between the downtown and fairgrounds. Phase 3 is constructed in 2017 and includes the area north of downtown.
View/print construction 2016-17 staging map (PDF 0.6 MB)
- $6.9 million (excludes city utility work)