Construction on Pine Lake Road may see the finish line

Residents are balancing between optimism and exhaustion for the new road.

Two years down the road, the pine lake construction bridging the major intersections of 56th and 70th has yet to have a finishing date.

“It’s lasting longer than they envisioned,” Pine Lake Rd. resident, Bob White said. 

Residents were told to expect a two–part project.

1. The first roundabout east of the new fire station.

2. The second roundabout west of it.

But, it has been an entire year since the second phase started.

“It’s been a year and we still get people that come up to that intersection and do a U–ie and turn around and go back.” Pine Lake Rd. resident, Pamela Swanson said. 

“It’d be nice to have it completed and done so it could just get back to normal around here,” White said. 

It has closed that part of the road altogether and the community is getting restless.

“It’s been an inconvenience as far as getting places…,” White said. 

“It’s been a lot of inconvenience…,” Swanson said. 

“…There is less traffic going by out on pine lake, so it’s kind of a toss up there as to which is better– no traffic or not being able to get anywhere I guess,” White said. 

“…We’re on pine lake and I work part–time at JoAnn Fabrics over on O st, so it added about 15 to 20 minutes to my route because I went by on 70th,” Swanson said. 

They noticed more accidents on 56th because the redirected route has more traffic.

“I’d say it’s increased about double on 56th, and especially the pine lake and 56th light, it just takes forever to get the traffic through there,” Swanson said. 

However, they remain patient and hopeful.

“I don’t have much control over it, so I just gotta kind of go with it I guess,” White said. 

“You get used to it. You mutter the first few months and then it’s like well this is what it is. We’ll just get up earlier i guess…. We’re flexible,” Swanson said. 

Residents were initially told the project should be done by October, but the city says, weather permitting, they hope it to be finished before Thanksgiving.

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