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June 6, 2020

3/27/2020 12:37:00 PM
Gravel to be thing of the past; Peterson wins roundabout bid

If you are not a fan of gravel roads-- just hang around for five more years or so and then there will only be 11 miles of gravel left in the county.  Under the five year transportation plan the County Board recently reviewed, County Engineer Joe Triplett explained that the county is doing well on identified projects, but there’s still much to address.

There’s a short segment penciled in for the year 2021 for pavement on Hwy 55, from #56 to 517th Avenue, of 1.3 miles.  Another three miles are scheduled in 2021 on #86, from Hwy 95 to County State Aid Hwy. 26.

Come 2022-- the paving schedule has 3.6 miles que’d-up for bituminous on #79, from Hwy 95 to #71.

Considering two bridge replacements and miles of roadway reconditioning and rebuilds --and out to the year 2025 the county is estimating plan costs could be $39 million, for 38.45 miles.  

The local share is calculated around $18.5 million.  

Round-a-bout awarded
And, this year’s projects are not part of that five year plan sum.

One of those projects on deck for this coming construction season is the long-awaited round-a-bout at the County Road 26 and Hwy 8 intersection, on the east side of Center City.  

The bid was unanimously awarded March 18 by the County Board to local contractor Peterson Companies.  At $2.9 million, it was the low recommended bid of five received.

This has been moving forward separately from the west end of the highway and work being done to position that stretch for a four-lane upgrade.

There’s already about $2 million in federal funding dedicated to the round-a-bout. The round-a-bout design will help create safer access to the south to the campus of Hazelden Betty Ford, from Pleasant Valley Road,  and safer movement for traffic trying to turn north into the Chisago County Public Safety Center and Business Park.

Extension attention  
The County Engineer has also advised the County Board he’ll bring a contract to the Board in the near future, for environmental review related to a new, extended alignment of County Road 17 in Lent Township.  The segment would go east from where #17 (a freeway interchange)  ends at County Road 30.

There have been plans for years to bring the road to Lincoln Trail or County Road 14 (by the Xcel substation.)  The preliminary concept that had some public exposure when the #17 interchange was installed, encountered some opposition and Triplet added that there was some “...pushback by the Corps of Engineers.”  He said, “the extension has not fallen off the radar” however, and the goal is to develop a corridor relying on public buy-in that addresses earlier concerns.


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