ROSEVILLE, Minn. — Construction work is still underway on the new section of Highway 212 near Chaska. Mn/DOT officials remind motorists that it is dangerous and illegal for anyone not associated with the project to drive into an active work zone.
"We have seen people drive around barricades and onto the section of new Highway 212 that is paved but not yet open to the traveling public," said Charles Cadenhead, project manager.
Motorists are reminded that construction work is ongoing, shoulders have not been paved in many areas and other work needs to be completed before it is safe for the traveling public.
Mn/DOT plans to open the sections of new Highway 212 between Dell Road and Highway 41 on approximately Dec. 3, depending on the weather. The interchanges at Dell Road, Highway 101, Powers Boulevard, and the east ramps at Highway 41 will open at the same time.
The local police and Minnesota State Patrol will issue tickets to any unauthorized traffic in the work zone, including pedestrians and bicycle traffic. Traffic fines are double in construction work zones.
The remainder of the new highway between Highway 41 and existing Highway 212 will open in summer 2008.
For questions about the new highway 212 project, call the project hotline at 952/368-3041 or check the Web site at www.mndot.gov and click 212 under construction projects.
The Mn/DOT reminds motorists to SLOW DOWN in work zones and NEVER enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones. Please join us in a safety partnership. For statewide traffic, construction and travel information visit www.511mn.org or call 511 or log onto www.mndot.gov