A small crowd gathered on Tuesday, October 26 to celebrate the official opening of Highway 101 – an improvement project between Flying Cloud Drive and Pioneer Trail that was completed earlier this month.
In early 2020, construction began on the last segment of this highway corridor, transforming the existing two-lane undivided roadway into a four-lane divided roadway with curb and gutter and trail facilities. This roadway corridor is of regional significance, and connects the previously completed crossing of the Minnesota River with a direct connection to Highway 212 and Highway 5. The completion of Highway 101 has been highly anticipated by motorists and pedestrians, as the project includes new walking paths, bike trails, a bridge for the Regional Trail and underpass for the Flying Cloud Drive trail.
This two-year long project came to a close during the small ribbon cutting, including the City of Chanhassen and the project partners Carver County, MN Department of Transportation, Consultants, Contractor, and many elected officials.
“A big thank you goes to the residents alongside 101 and the detour route during the construction. Your patience and support helped make this a major construction project become a success,” said Charlie Howley, Director of Engineering and Public Works for the City of Chanhassen.
Some final construction activities are expected, including the final touches to the stormwater basin near Flying Cloud Drive, removal of the old Highway 101 bridge over Bluff Creek, traffic signal improvements at the Pioneer Trail intersection, tree planting and minor restoration work. Any additional construction activities will occur while Highway 101 is open to traffic. The final landscaping is scheduled for the spring of 2022.