Less roadwork in 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014 10:47 AM
"It's a little bit lighter set of projects in this part of the world this year," Jeffrey Bunch said.
Bunch serves as a project engineer for MnDOT's (Minnesota Department of Transportation) District Six. While Spring Grove residents will see some finishing touches to last year's Highway 44/Main Street rebuild, at least they won't have to put up with detours. West of Spring Grove, the highway will be striped, and rumble strips will be added to shoulders.
Also to the west of Spring Grove, Highway 52 will be resurfaced from the Iowa state line west to the north border of Harmony.
To the east, bike trail construction near Highway 44 (from Folz Drive to North Park) in Caledonia will have minimal impacts on traffic flow. That should take place sometime between June and August.
The city of Rushford will be going through something very similar to what Spring Grove experienced last year, Bunch said. Their downtown corridor is Highway 43, which will undergo a "full reconstruction" through town.
Other work in western Fillmore County includes replacing two bridges on the west side of Lanesboro on Highway 16, Bunch reported. The project will require 60 working days, with work set to begin when school recesses for the summer.
In eastern Houston County, the Highway 26 mill/overlay project that began last August will be completed, Bunch added. Since no additional culverts will need to be replaced along the stretch from the Iowa border to Highway 16, only about three week's worth of work remains.
A bridge on Highway 16/44 north of Hokah will have deck chip sealing done, which could result in daily lane closures and flaggers. An exact start date has yet to be set, but Bunch said about six working days should take care of the job.
Houston County engineer Brian Pogodzinski reported that five CSAH (County State Aid Highway) routes will be impacted this summer.
CSAH 5 in Caledonia will receive about five blocks' worth of work similar to the Spring Grove and Rushford projects. Affected areas will run from County 249 to the south city limits.
CSAH 8 west of Spring Grove is still officially closed for reconstruction, Pogodzinski said. That work should be done by mid to late summer.
CSAH 4 from the west side of Spring Grove north about 12 miles will see the remainder of a mill/overlay project completed this year. Motorists could encounter flaggers and lane closures, as well as a few shut downs of both lanes while culverts go in.
CSAH 9 near Houston will also experience some detours this summer, as four miles of roadway will be repaved. Some sections will also receive "sub-grade construction" Pogodzinski cautioned. When that happens, the roadway will need to be closed. A series of four to five day closures during the project could cause a few headaches for motorists, but signs will be placed on the road beforehand so that drivers can plan on alternative routes.
CSAH 3 will undergo a bridge replacement near Brownsville, but a gravel road bypass will be in place to allow traffic to pass through with little difficulty.
Finally, a box culvert replacement is planned for Daley Creek Road, which lies west of Houston. A bypass will be provided. In addition, a few more box culvert projects on smaller roadways could crop up before next fall, but are not yet scheduled, Pogodzinski added.