Howard Lake Herald, November 16, 1998

Goodbye to Highway 12 detour for now

A 2 1/2 mile segment of Highway 12 between Howard Lake and Cokato that has been detoured and under construction since July, was opened to through traffic Thursday.

Road construction is now basically finished for the year along the section of Highway 12 from 13th Avenue on the west side of Howard Lake to the west junction of County Road 5 near Cokato.

Some clean-up and turf work remains to be done this fall and next spring yet, but this should not affect traffic to any degree, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT).

One more layer of blacktop remains to be put in place on this eastern half of the project. This will probably take place in late summer next year and will be done under traffic.

Construction this year was concentrated on the eastern half of a 5-mile section of Highway 12 under a $6.3 million highway improvement contract. Work will begin next April on the western half of the project running from the west junction of County Road 5 to Oliver Avenue in Cokato.

There will be no detour for Highway 12 during next year's construction season. It is anticipated that the entire 5-mile corridor will be completed by late summer 1999.

An 8-mile, $9.4 million section of Highway 12 between Delano and Montrose was also finished and opened to traffic in mid-October.

Improvements to the entire Highway 12 corridor throughout Wright County include complete reconstruction of the road base and new blacktop, passing lane sections, turn and bypass lanes, reduced no-passing zones, flatter ditches and wider clear zones in the right-of-way.

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