“We thank the community of Norwood Young America for its patience during construction,” said Michael Barnes, Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Metro District Engineer. “This year provided unique challenges for businesses, area residents, and construction crews. We all look forward to the opportunities of the new road and new trail in the new year.”
“We are so pleased with the completed improvements on Highway 212 and the new roundabout on Highway 5/25/CR33,” said Carol Lagergren, Norwood Young America Mayor. “The completed improvements make highway travel safer for the thousands of cars and freight haulers that use this important corridor of commerce every day. In addition, the updated turn lanes and lights at each intersection addressed the legitimate concerns of our local commuters. The highlight of the project, however, is the new underpass and trail system that provides safer options for walkers, runners, and bikers. Overall, the project was a huge success, and we thank MnDOT and the contractors for their hard work.”
The Norwood Young America Highway 212 project is one piece of a cooperative partnership with Carver County to improve Highway 212 for motorists, pedestrians, and commuters traveling the highway to and from the Twin Cities.
“We look forward to a continued partnership with Carver County with the expansion of Highway 212 from Chaska to Cologne,” Barnes said.
“The safety of Highway 212 remains vital to Norwood Young America and western Carver County residents,” said James Ische, Carver County Commissioner, District 5. “This first step to address some of those safety concerns and bring added connectivity to our community serves as a positive step forward. We know more work remains; in particular, the Highway 212/51 intersection, as well as making Highway 212 a four-lane road throughout the county to improve safety and commerce activity. However, the completion of this project shows how we can accomplish our shared goals with solid partnerships across the board.”