County looks ahead to next year’s road projects

Published 10:18 am Wednesday, August 27, 2014

With summer nearing its end and fall quickly approaching, Mower County is already looking ahead to potential 2015 road construction projects.

Public Works Director Mike Hanson updated the county board Tuesday morning on the work the Public Works has done this year and the proposed work for 2015.

After late winter weather and some rain early in the construction season, Public Works isn’t wasting time getting work done.

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“We’re going pretty good,” he said. “We’re catching up.”

While Hanson said they’ve caught up on construction, they’re still trying to catchup on some maintenance work.

The two biggest projects to finish this year are a County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 7 in Adams and County Road 53 near LeRoy.

“We’re on schedule,” Hanson said.

Work won’t stop after that, as workers will begin to replace a bridge on CSAH 1 near Sergeant sometime after harvest.

A paving project on the same stretch of road is one of the projects proposed for 2015, but Hanson said final decisions on 2015 projects will depend on funding and board decisions.

The East Side Lake bridge on Oakland Place is scheduled to be replaced next year after it didn’t receive bridge bonding dollars this year. Two bridge projects just south of Austin and another in the county are also being discussed.

Other pavement and reconstruction projects are proposed on CSAH 7, CSAH 45 and CSAH 6.

The expansion of the Shooting Star Trail from Rose Creek to Austin is also slated for next year.