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April 11, 2021

2/26/2021 3:08:00 PM
County engineer brings roadwork update to board

You know spring is approaching in Minnesota when roadwork projects are lined-up to be awarded for bidding.  The Chisago County Board should be seeing a number of bids next month to be let, according to County Engineer Joe Triplett’s report last week.  

Triplett will have an award for the County Board to consider for CSAH 30 between Hwy. 95 to #10 (North Branch towards Harris) at the meeting March 17.  

Triplett said staff are compiling information now to communicate project highlights to affected property owners, business owners and residents who rely on that stretch of County Road 30.  There could be brief periods next spring/summer when commercial vehicles transporting materials and goods may need to access the freeway at Harris, if work zones get congested closer to downtown North Branch, for example.

In other news:  the County State Aid Highway 4 project, from #7 to CSAH 2— will be ready for the county to award in March too.
A reconditioning on County Road 64/65 is also slated for awarding in March.

Triplett said right-of-way acquisition is underway for the Pleasant Valley Road project, from north of Hwy. 8 to County Road 37.  He hopes to have the agent the county has contracted with be ready to show the commissioners a proposal in March.

Triplett mentioned he and County Board Chair Chris DuBose met with the Lent Township Board Supervisors to discuss plans for County Road 17, proposed to be extended from where it stops now, easterly to County Road 14.  There are numerous permit agencies that need to sign-off and clear the plans though.  Triplett remarked,  “I am excited to get this off the ground.”

A share of LRIP
There are four townships in the running for LRIP funds, with applications being coordinated by the county.

This Minnesota Local Road Improvements Program requires each county to “sponsor” local projects, which the Board approved unanimously.  Counties act as fiscal agents if grants get approved.  There’s also a separate pool of state money for county-only projects.

In total $75 million has been earmarked.  The bonding bill supporting this wasn’t enacted until October 2020 and bonds are good for four years.  In a frequently asked questions (FAQs) piece on the MnDOT website, the state acknowledges this is “significantly behind schedule compared to a more typical year.”

All qualifying LRIP requests will be announced this May.

Local projects seeking funds are:
~ in Nessel, Clover Trail north of CSAH 7, Rush Point Drive
~ In Sunrise the River Road between Cty. Road 9 and Wilcox Road
~ Chisago Lake 250th Street between Manning and Lofton
~ And, Fish Lake has three sites in contention;  North Pine Lake Road between #95 and Skogman Lake Road, Anchor Ave. between Brunswick and Stark Roads, and Andee Avenue between Stark and Pine Lake roads.
Triplett cautioned there are 300 LRIP funding requests expected, so there’s “no guarantee” any of the Chisago County sponsored applications will be funded.


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