Road work slated to pick up in June

Published 9:24 am Monday, June 6, 2011

With a wet May in the past and June giving way to summer, area road work will kick into high gear in the coming weeks.

“It’ll get started a lot more in June,” County Engineer Mike Hanson said. “People will be seeing a lot more (road work) out there.”

• County 45: The most visible local project — County 45 from Interstate 90 to Highway 218 — is slowly drawing to completing. This week, the county should begin paving the road. The $2.7 million project should be completed in the next few weeks, likely before the Fourth of July. However, Hanson said punch list repairs will come after completion.

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• County Road 2: On Tuesday, construction will start on County Road 2 west of the Lansing Corners property to the Freeborn County line. The $1.5 million project will be done in about five stages to keep access open to homeowners along the route. Work will continue through early September. The road will be converted to gravel until it is finished in 2012.

• County Road 12: A half-mile stretch on the southeast corner of the county line will soon get a facelift. County Road 12 from Highway 56 to the Iowa border will be repaved. The county cost for the project isn’t yet set.

• Shooting Star Trail: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is helping the Shooting Star Trail get closer to Rose Creek. About $450,000 of funds through the DNR will be used for gravel and grading work between Adams and Rose Creek, though the stretch won’t actually be paved.

Road work won’t be limited to the project areas, as Hanson said crews will repair other county roads as necessary.

Starting in July, the Minnesota Department of transportation will resurface Highway 218 south of Interstate 90 to the Iowa border. The $3.5 million project is scheduled to last through September, and it will include lane closures.