Southwest celebrates Co. Hwy. 101 Bridge Opening

Commuters who traverse Scott and Carver Counties soon will enjoy improved reliability and safety with the completion of the County Highway 101 Bridge Project. The previous span over the Minnesota River was prone to flooding. This anticipated construction project was completed by Union Contractors, Skilled Construction Craft Laborers Union members and fellow Union craftsmen and women.

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The Laborers’ are proud of their involvement in this $54 million project linking the growing business gateways in Carver and Scott Counties. After 400,000 hours of skilled work by approximately 320 Minnesota Union trades men and women, the bridge will have its official grand opening, Tuesday, November 24 at 10 a.m.

The elevated four-lane, 4,225 foot long bridge project with 41 spans and 369 pre-stressed concrete girders will provide motorists with a much more reliable and safer means of transportation in a southwest region that has historically been inconvenienced due to high water. The project, thanks to the direction of Ames Construction and a number of Union sub-contractors along with an collection of skilled Union trades men and women craft workers, took just 16 months to complete.

“This crossing has been a nightmare for local residents for decades,” said Todd Pufahl, President of the Laborers District Council of Minnesota & North Dakota. “Our members are extremely proud to have had a hand in the construction of a project that links two rapidly growing communities in a safe and reliable way.”

Pufahl said that the Minnesota Laborers Union and other building trade’s representatives will be on hand at the ceremony to demonstrate their pride in being involved in the project.

“Once again our members stepped up when called upon to help construct a bridge for many generations to use for years to come,” he said. “The previous bridge had closed numerous times over the past 80 years because of flooding. This bridge was designed and built in a way that closures of that kind will not have to happen.”

The project also includes a bike trail and a roundabout to help with traffic flow.

LECET placed newspaper ads congratulating the Union Contractors, Skilled Construction Craft Laborers Union members and fellow Union craftsmen and women on the completion of the project as well as the commuters in Scott and Carver Counties. Ads ran in the following publications:

  • Chaska Herald
  • Chanhassen Villager
  • Shakopee Valley News
  • Savage Pacer
  • Jordan Independent

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