Glendale Road improvement project

The Glendale Road improvement project began in April and is expected to be completed before the end of the month.

Updated at 4 p.m. Friday 

Glendale Road re-opened Friday after being closed all summer for improvements meant to slow cars and create safer pedestrian crossings.

The improvement project, which began in April, brought medians and dedicated turn-lanes to the roadway, which carries cars north and south from County Road 16 to County Road 42.

Residents told the traffic safety committee and engineering department high speeds and the lack of pedestrian crossings on Glendale Road were top concerns, City Engineer Seng Thongvanh told city officials earlier this year.

He said Glendale Road wasn’t seeing the average daily traffic it was designed to handle, which created an opportunity calm traffic and beautify the roadway with trees and center median plantings.

While the posted speed limit didn't change, Thongvanh said the modifications are expected to slow cars by around 3-5 mph.

The new pavement is expected to last 20 to 30 years.

In April, the city received three bids for the project that ranged from about $648,000 to $1.1 million higher than the engineer’s estimate, which was roughly $4 million.

The city awarded the contract to S.M. Hentges & Sons, Inc. for $4.7 million.

Despite the higher bids, the city’s debt won’t increase, according to Savage Finance Director Julie Stahl.

Over $2.5 million of the cost comes from municipal state aid. Other funding sources include the city’s stormwater, water and sanitary sewer, and streetlight funds.

Special assessments cover around $270,000 of the costs. The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage District, which operates Hidden Valley Elementary and Eagle Ridge Middle School on Glendale Road, will pay $200,000 in special assessments from its capital fund, spokesman Aaron Tinklenberg said.

Christine Schuster is a reporter for the Savage Pacer.

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