The state will redesign three sections of Hwy. 3 this spring, eliminating some access points and changing median turn lanes.

Traffic will be redirected, but not cut off.

“They will do it in phases,” explained city engineer Kevin Schorzman. “There will always be one lane open.”

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will spearhead the project as part of its State Transportation Improvement Program, which focuses on repairs to state trunk highways, local roads and bridges, rail crossings and transit capital and operating assistance.

When the work is finished, drivers will only be able to turn right from Larch Street onto Hwy. 3, the left turn onto Walnut Street will be gone, and drivers will no longer be able to enter the highway from Main Street.

Schorzman said the changes are meant to make traffic flow more smoothly and reduce possible accidents from too many access points on the road.

“This is more precaution, than reaction,” he said.

Included in the plans is a mill and overlay of asphalt from Ash Street to 170th Street.

There will be a second project on Hwy. 50 from Hwy. 3 to US-52 in Hampton. The only impact related to Farmington is that MnDOT will acquire right-of-way within the city limits to build a right turn lane at the Fountain Valley Golf Course entrance.

Total cost for the projects is $8.28 million, according to the MnDOT website. The city will only need to pay for a signal at the Hwy. 3 and Elm Street intersection and connecting the trail to the roundabout south to 194th Street, a cost of about $90,000.