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August 18, 2022

7/29/2022 11:53:00 AM
Roads construction season update given to County Board

With 10 road projects either underway, just wrapping up or on-deck, and right of way acquisition activity in process on three other projects; plus an interstate highway plan to keep track of it’s safe to say the county Public Works Department is a busy place.  

County Public Works Director Joe Triplett was accompanied by Assistant County Engineer Ben Hobert at last week’s County Board meeting to update the commissioners on what’s happening. (See map.).

Triplett also announced the community meeting date and time for the County State Aid Hwy. #10 reconstruction project, in Fish Lake Township.  The public is invited to learn about what’s getting done and the timeframe,  August 24, from 5 to 7 p.m.  The project open house is being held at Fish Lake Township Hall.  According to Triplett a postcard reminder will be mailed to affected parcels and the township website will contain information closer to the meeting date.

In current activity— the maintenance sealcoating;  County Roads 79, 19 and 55 paving and the first phase of the roundabout, south of Chisago City are all completed.
Grading and earthwork is ongoing for the CSAH 26 reconstruction, (near the jail and comm center), and County Road 60 reconditioning starts August 1.  County Road 86 paving (S-curve) also begins August 1.

At the 23/24 roundabout project the three entry points or legs of the design are done, and crews are into phase two, constructing the sphere itself.  Triplett said there will be enough progress made so Ki Chi Saga Days will be unaffected.

Regular mill and overlay projects on sections around the county will get started after August 3.  The preconstruction planning meeting needs to happen first.
The federal funding sought for Hwy. 8 future projects and planning is included at this time for action by the U.S. Senate.  The U.S. House listed the $3 million request in its version, Triplett said.  This appropriation will go towards expenses such as local costs like right of way.

There will be a new county map created after the highway system update is finalized.

Triplett explained, the numbering of the roads gets reviewed periodically for determination of best listing. There are outside funds only applicable for certain classes of roads.  When purpose for the road, usage and types of traffic change over the years or the layout confuses drivers— it makes sense to look at classifications.  
“I always strive to use our limited state aid funding to the best and fullest capacity” said the director.

The Harris Highway Shop is also on the to-do list.  County Commissioners approved getting the ball rolling on a project to improve the facility by hiring technical services from HCM, to start plans, using funds for this stage from the ARPA monies.

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