As the summer winds down, roads are opening up. On Aug. 8, a stretch of Ravine Parkway opened between Jamaica and Keats avenues.

Another section of the $72 million Ravine Parkway project will run from 65th Street at Hinton Avenue east to Innsdale Avenue. It will include additional paved trails, concrete and landscaped medians, landscaped shoulders, new light fixtures and turn lanes, and utility improvements.

The city will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the coming weeks.

Work on the Hinton Avenue/70th street roundabout entered phase 3 Aug. 13 with the opening of the south leg of Hinton at 70th Street.

The bad news: The north leg of Hinton closed at 70th Street. Ideal and Homestead avenues will remain open.

The four-legged roundabout is expected to be complete by late September, Washington County project engineer Allan Brandt said. Washington County and Cottage Grove are sharing the cost of the $3.4 million project. Approximately 71% of the cost will come from the county’s highway state aid. The city will pay the remainder.

The roundabout is intended to relieve congestion and reduce the number of crashes at the intersection, which gets more than 15,000 vehicles a day. That number will grow as more houses go up in the area.

Roundabout construction updates can be found at the project website at: