By Ryan Gueningsman
The Wright County Board signed a contract last week with Mathiowetz Construction Company of Sleepy Eye as its primary contractor for the County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 17 construction project south of Delano.
A pre-construction meeting took place June 13, with crews gearing up to start work the week of June 30, commented Assistant County Engineer Virgil Hawkins.
Hawkins said crews will most likely start moving in equipment this week.
“The real work will begin Monday, June 30,” he said, adding that other work going on there now includes the relocation of power poles by Xcel Energy, as well as some utility work
It is expected this project will take all of this year and run into next year. Hawkins said the road should be opened to traffic, though, by mid-November, with the final paving taking place in spring 2009.
A newsletter to local residents who live along the project corridor is in the works and expected to be mailed this week, Hawkins said.
Signs stating the road will be closed beginning Monday, June 30, will also be installed in order to “give people a heads up things will change from what’s out there now,” Hawkins said, noting it seems people who may work in Delano are crossing the river on 110th Street (the halfway bridge) and going north on CSAH 17 to get to Delano.
“That’s fine for right now, but beginning June 30, the pavement will be taken off, and it will be closed all together except to local residents,” Hawkins said.
Hawkins said the plans call for the reconstruction of a 4.5-mile stretch of Wright County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 17 south of Delano, including the regrading of the entire roadway.
“The old bituminous will be removed and recycled, and we’ll be rebuilding the entire roadbed, making it wider,” Hawkins said. “The new road will have a paved 8-foot shoulder.”
Since last fall, construction crews have been doing a swamp surcharge (overloading with sand) because a portion of the road goes through a swampy area. Hawkins said crews have to overload that area to compress underlying soils. This work requires several layers of sand being placed.
The project will provide 12-foot travel lanes on the roadway, as well as an 8-foot-wide paved shoulder. An off-road pathway (10 feet-wide aggregate surface) will also be constructed along the east side of the highway. Hawkins said the project should improve the slopes/curves of the roadway, as well as the road’s side slopes.
For more information
For more information about the CSAH 17 construction, contact the following:
• Assistant Wright County Engineer Virgil Hawkins at (763) 682-7387
• Right-of-way agent Mark Johnson at (763) 682-7386
• Senior construction technician Kevin Johnson at (763) 682-7707.