by Dennis Dalman
A new round of detours and newly opened routes was put into place last week in Sartell because of the ongoing road-construction projects in the city.
Here are what motorists should watch for:
Second Street Roundabout: As of Aug. 20, it has been open to traffic on all but its northerly side.
Second Street N. at Pinecone Road: It was closed Aug. 25 to east-west traffic but will re-open Monday morning, Sept. 1. During that closure, Sartell City Hall will be accessible only from the west. Use 19th Avenue and then turn east on Second Street N.
Pinecone Road Phase I: All work is scheduled to be completed and open to traffic starting at 7 a.m. Monday, Sept. 1, weather permitting.
Pinecone Road Improvements Phase 2: Work on the roundabouts at Scout Drive and Heritage Drive began Aug. 24. The end of Phase 2 is expected to be on or about Oct. 16, weather depending. During that time, traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction on Pinecone Road. Westbound traffic on Sixth Street S. will be detoured south at the intersection with 19th Avenue to 15th Street S. and then east on 15th to Pinecone Road.
Traffic on Scout Drive from the west will be required to use Troop Drive as an alternate route. Motorists wanting to travel south on Pinecone Road from westbound Heritage Drive are encouraged to use Roberts Road as an alternate route to avoid the congestion at Heritage and Pinecone.
The intersection of Pinecone Road and Roberts Road will be signed as an all-way stop during construction to allow safe turning movements at that intersection.
For updated traffic and road-construction, visit thenewsleaders.com and click on the Sartell city icon.