Herald and Journal, Jan. 15, 2001

Waverly rumor mill working fine for Hwy 12 reconstruction

By Lynda Jensen

Discussion about Highway 12 reconstruction work in Waverly highlighted the regular Waverly City Council meeting Tuesday.

Council member Gary Olson said that he heard a rumor that the Highway 12 work will be bumped for another year since the work in Cokato was not done, he said.

As far as the city is concerned, the project is proceeding as usual, said Clerk Deb Ryks.

"The bids have already been let," Ryks said. "As soon as the weather clears (in the spring), they will start the water main work," she said.

A follow-up telephone call to the Minnesota Department of Transportation confirmed that the project is on schedule as planned, according to Construction Supervisor Jim Labo.

"A rumor is exactly what it is," he said. The work for Highway 12 has already begun in Waverly, with a culvert for Twelve Mile Creek being worked on last fall.

The project in Cokato is nearly done, although another layer of surfacing needs to added near the railroad bridge on the east end of town, Labo said. This will take less than a week, depending on the weather.

There are also utility poles that need to be moved, landscaping done, and other miscellaneous things that need to be completed, said Cokato City Administrator Don Levens.

Regardless, the Cokato project is completely unrelated to the Waverly and Howard Lake projects, Labo said.

There are different project managers and contractors for the Cokato and Howard Lake/Waverly work, he said.

Also, in preparation for the Highway 12 work, the council changed its city engineering firm from Engelhart & Associates to Bolton & Menk.

Bolton & Menk are more expensive, but have experience with several cities along the Highway 12 corridor in relation to this kind of work.


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