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NSC construction update for November 15; stadium turf installation continues

11/15/2017, 5:00pm CST
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

Here is the periodic update on construction on and around the NSC campus:

105th Ave NE reconstruction project:

This week on 105th Avenue the contractor started to install a water main on the east end of the project and will be working towards the west.  Next week is a short week with the Thanksgiving holiday. The contractor will continue with water main installation.

Traffic needs to be aware that the project has been posted at 30 m.p.h. since construction started.  As traffic traverses through the roundabouts they need to slow down to 15 m.p.h.  The Blaine Police Department has been active on the corridor to try and keep traffic slowed down to these posted limits and ensure that construction workers and traffic remain safe in the project corridor. 

NSC construction update for November 3; 105th traffic moved to south side

11/03/2017, 3:30pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

Here is the weekly update on the construction taking place on and around the National Sports Center campus.

105th Ave NE reconstruction project.

This week the contractor switched traffic to the south lanes.  Traffic should use caution on the new roadway and slow down as they drive thru the roundabouts.  This will be the configuration of traffic for this stage of construction, and will stay in place for the duration of the winter. 

The contractor has removed the pavement from the north lanes.

Next week the contractor will be working on removal of concrete median and curb and gutter on the north side and setting up to start the installation of the new water main.

The speed limit on 105th Ave NE is 30 m.p.h., with a 15 m.p.h. speed limit through the roundabouts.

NSC construction update for October 27; 105th traffic will move to south side soon

10/27/2017, 4:45pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

Here is the weekly update on the 105th Ave NE reconstruction project.

This week the contractor was able to finish the concrete sidewalks along the south side or the roadway.  They will also begin to finish grade the boulevards on the south side of the road in preparation for seed and mulch.

Next week the contractor is scheduled to install the seed and mulch on the boulevards on the south side and to switch traffic to the south lanes.  They will also remove the pavement from the north side to begin construction on the north side of the roadway. 

Drivers should expect minor delays during the traffic switch.

Since the paving of the Davenport/105th Ave NE intersection, north-south traffic flow on Davenport has improved.

Here is the update on NSC campus access:

All access to the north-side fields is open and unchanged.

There are two access points off 105th Ave NE: 1) into and out of the Victory Links Golf Course, and 2) into the Schwan Super Rink and Welcome Center lots. This is a right-in, right-out road.

The access road off Davenport St. north of the Velodrome is fully open and is a good way to access the Welcome Center and Schwan Super Rink lot.

The access road off Davenport St. south of the Velodrome is open to Parking Lot A (on the site of the old U3 field.) This is the parking lot to use for all Sports Hall activities. Lot B is closed temporarily due to construction on the C fields.

The access road between the stadium and the C fields is temporarily closed due to construction. It should open sometime during the week of October 30. 

NSC construction update for October 19; parking changes announced

10/19/2017, 9:45am CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

Here is the National Sports Center’s construction update for October 19, 2017.

105th Ave NE reconstruction:

Last week the contractor paved the first layer of asphalt on the south side of 105th, including the 105th/Davenport intersection. Traffic flow through that intersection has improved greatly, and backups on Davenport have been significantly reduced.

This week the contractor is preparing the subgrade for the trail and sidewalk on the south side. They are also scheduled to pave the bituminous trail and concrete sidewalk on the south side of the roadway.

Next week the contractor will be completing the restoration of the boulevards along the south side of the roadway. They are also scheduled to begin preparing the south side for traffic to be switched from the north side to the south side, so they can start work on the north side.

Remember that the speed limit on 105th NE is 30 m.p.h.

Open access roads:

There are four open access points to NSC facilities south of 105th Ave NE, including the Sports Hall, Schwan Super Rink, Welcome Center and the Victory Links Golf Course.

  • Two access roads off Davenport St., south and north of the NSC Velodrome.
  • Off 105th onto the access road to the Schwan Super Rink and the Welcome Center. This is a right-in, right-out road.
  • In and out of the Victory Links Golf Course.

Access to the fields north of 105th Ave NE is unchanged and fully open.

Parking changes:

Customers using the Sports Hall, including Kick-or-Treat teams and fans, should park in Lot A, to the west of the Sports Hall. This is the new parking lot built on the site of the old U3 field. This parking lot is built of permeable pavers, for environmentally responsible control of storm water run-off.

A Kick-or-Treat registration desk is located in the Residence Hall lobby. Follow the directional signs.

Once you are inside the Sports Hall, we hope you enjoy playing on our brand-new FieldTurf turf.

Parking Lot B, which used to be the primary Sports Hall parking lot, is temporarily closed to public use because of construction on the C fields. Lot B will be redesigned and reopened once construction is completed.

Stadium turf construction:

The NSC Stadium is being regraded in preparation for the installation of a base layer prior to the installation of two artificial turf fields. This project will go fast. The entire project should be completed before the snow flies.

Insider tip: If you have small children who enjoy watching heavy machinery work, we invite you to come and watch the earth moving work currently going on inside the stadium. It’s free, but keep your viewing to the grandstand only. No viewing from the field level.

 

NSC construction update for October 12; 105th paving begins Friday 10/13

10/12/2017, 11:30am CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

Here is the City of Blaine's weekly update on the 105th Ave NE reconstruction project:

During the week of October 9-13, the contractor is finish grading the aggregate base on the south side.  They are scheduled to pave the first lift of bituminous on the south lanes Friday, October 13. Expect traffic delays as they pave the intersection of 105th Avenue and Davenport St. The contractor is also starting restoration behind the curb on the south side with the installation of topsoil, seed, and erosion control blanket.  

Next week’s schedule will see the concrete sidewalk and bituminous trail finished on the south side along with the concrete aprons in the roundabouts.

NSC customers can access the Schwan Super Rink and Welcome Center parking lots through three open access points:

  • Off Davenport St. south of the NSC Velodrome.
  • Off Davenport St. north of the NSC Velodrome, adjacent to the school construction site.
  • Off 105th Ave NE eastbound. This is a right-in, right-out access point.

Access points to the fields north of 105th, and the Victory Links Golf Course, remain open.

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