Xcel Energy power connections are needed to finish quiet zone work at the Jerrold Avenue railroad crossing in Shoreview and another crossing in Little Canada. Houses sit fewer than 50 feet from the Jerrold crossing, where trains are still required to sound their whistles until the quiet zone is in place. (Mike Munzenrider/Review)
Railroad quiet zones expected to be complete in June
Some two years after the Legislature set aside $2 million to create railroad quiet zones in Little Canada and Shoreview, the loud train whistles that disturbed so many residents may finally fall silent in June.
That’s according to a quiet zone news update posted to the Little Canada city website April 18, which said railroad construction necessary for the zones being carried out by Canadian Pacific Railway was nearly complete.
On Monday, April 18, Shoreview utility maintenance crews will begin the biannual hydrant flushing program around the city to clean sediment from water mains and ensure proper operation of hydrants and valves.
Construction equipment sat ready for action over the weekend at the Lexington Avenue and I-694 intersection.
(Linda E. Andersen/Bulletin)
Construction to last until November
Monday marked the start of a new round of road construction on Interstate 694, when crews began preliminary work on a project that will eventually add a third lane to the westbound segment that goes through Shoreview.
Specifically, the new lane will be added between Rice Street in Little Canada and Lexington Avenue in Arden Hills.
According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, lane restrictions will be in effect between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Friday so construction crews can work to widen the roadway in preparation to shift traffic in mid-June to new temporary lanes.
Shoreview’s former Rainbow Foods location will become the area’s first Kowalski’s Market near the end of the year. The Shoreview City Council approved building plans and will pay for a turn lane off Highway 96 to make the grocery store more accessible. (Jesse Poole photos/Bulletin)
City will contribute $1.4 million in TIF to help move
The path is paved for Kowalki’s Market to settle in Shoreview after the city council finalized plans for the Woodbury-based grocery store chain to move into the former Rainbow Foods location at Highway 96 and Hodgson Road.
“We finalized the final plat, all of the development agreements and everything on Monday,” Mayor Sandy Martin said of the city’s moves at the March 7 city council meeting.
Kowalki’s new location is the 1990s-era 68,000-square-foot building that was left empty when Rainbow’s parent company, Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc., pulled out of the Twin Cities in July 2014.