Just as one county state aid highway (CSAH) project in western Houston County wrapped up last week another was getting ready to go, Houston County engineering assistant Shawn Peter reported on Aug. 7.

Beginning at its juncture with Trunk Highway 76 and ending at Yucatan, 9.3 miles to the south, CSAH 4 has now been ground down and resurfaced.

Peter said that the old material was reclaimed and added in to fresh surface layers totaling four inches in depth. In addition, aggregate shouldering was brought up to the new roadway level. The highway is now open, and the only thing left to do is some pavement marking, which will likely occur within two weeks.

Aug. 12 was the road closure date on three miles of CSAH 8, running from the Iowa border north to State Highway 44. That ambitious project includes grading, culvert replacement and base reconstruction/widening.

The roadway will be opened during the winter months, and then closed again next spring so that any remaining work can be finished up. It will then be paved with concrete as part of a follow-up (2014) project that has yet to be bid.

"We'll be paving that section to match Winneshiek County's (W 38) road surface," Peter stated. Part of the process includes expanding both shoulders, which are currently only two feet wide. "When we're done, it will be a 12-foot driving lane with a six-foot shoulder," he added.

The CSAH 8 detour is a somewhat roundabout affair. Traffic will be routed to Mabel on Trunk Highway 44, thence south through town on Fillmore County 28 and on to Hesper on W40. From there, the detour heads east on Iowa roadway A 14 back to W 38.