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April 18, 2021

3/26/2021 11:53:00 AM
County Board awards multiple roadwork bids

The County Board awarded a number of bids for roadwork last week. These projects are in the approved 2021 Transportation Improvements Plan schedule:  

~ The County Road 4 resurfacing went to Knife River, Sauk Rapids, for $1,471,602.

~ County Roads 64 and 65 resurfacing went to Valley Paving of Shakopee, for $549,587.

Engineer Joe Triplett noted the ‘estimates’ for the bituminous projects were well above the actual bids that came in, and he said paving projects are at good prices right now.
The County Road 30 rebuild in North Branch required a cooperative agreement be signed and the Board agreed with terms unanimously. Of five bids received, local Shafer Contracting won this project at $5.9 million.

The re-alignment of County State Aid Hwy. 26 is proceeding to platting the right-of-way. The project area is between Hwy. 8 and County Road 37 to the north, and will takeout dangerous S curves and add six foot shoulders.

The seasonal sealcoat projects were also reviewed.

Bids for this are being opened March 30.  

The county will be doing  CSAH 1 from I-35 to Countyline Road, CSAH 15 and 19 from Countyline to 23 and I 35, CSAH 21 from Hwy. 8 to CSAH 20, CSAH 26 from Trunk Hwy. 95 to Trunk Hwy. 8, CSAH 30 from Alger to Countyline Road, County Road 55 from 30 to 517th and County Road 74 from 14 to 9.  They’ll be working out of stockpiles at the Rush City shop, the Harris pit and Franconia pit, and the county highway shop in Center City.

Engineer Triplett shared that the goal to get all the roads in the county paved is nearing fruition. The 13 miles proposed to be paved, leaves 11 miles left as gravel.

In other agenda items before the Board:

~ The medical examiner yearly summary contained data reporting the number of suicides in 2020 was the same as in 2019, at six. There were 363 cremations authorized of 437 total deaths.  

There were three more deaths attributed to substance abuse in 2020 than there were in 2019.  Methamphetamine and fentanyl were the leading causes behind prescriptions, cocaine, nitrous oxide (huffing) and blood alcohol content.

Covid-19 restrictions on Board Room occupancy were relaxed. There will be 16 people,  up from 10 allowed earlier.  Mask wearing will continue to be required.

Commissioner Ben Montza said he should be able to return to in-person attendance at Board meetings in April. He has participated remotely via the internet for the last several sessions,  recovering from a personal injury incident.

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