Herald JournalHerald Journal, May 19, 2003

Utility construction underway at Hwy 25/CR 12 in Montrose

By Lynda Jensen

Construction crews converged at in Montrose last week, milling blacktop off at Wright County Road 12 and a short section of Highway 25, in preparation for major utility work under that road.

The road work will not interrupt Highway 12 traffic, although County Road 12 and Highway 25 intersect at the stoplight.

Highway 12 utilities were updated during its reconstruction a few years ago, and do not need work.

Despite the close proximity to construction, commuters continue to fly through Highway 12 and haven't slowed down, even though construction is a stone's throw away, said mechanic Pat Bickmann, who works at Milhausen Auto and Truck, which is located at the stoplight.

"It's hard to park," Bickmann added, saying that construction vehicles driving through make it hard for them to handle business.

The milled blacktop was hauled to Buffalo Bituminous, in the northwestern part of the county, commented engineer Barry Glienke.

Crews will dig about 25 feet deep to start laying sanitary sewer pipe.

From there, a 10-inch water main will be installed above the sanitary sewer line; with the storm sewer piping being the most shallow pipes.

Access to the Montrose Elementary school will to available on the cross street, Second Street, until the end of the school year, and then crews will close off that section, Glienke said.

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