By Ryan Gueningsman
Delano, MN Phase one of the three-phase project reconstructing County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 17 south of Delano is nearing completion.
Recently, sand was placed, and a gravel base was to be laid last week from 108th Street to Seventh Street in the city limits of Delano.
Paving the first layer of blacktop will take place later this fall when more of the roadway is ready for paving. The final lift of blacktop and seeding of the slopes will be completed in 2009.
Work on phase two south of 108th Street to Fenner Avenue began Sept. 17, with the removal of the existing blacktop surface to the south limits of the project.
Wright County’s soils engineer gave the go-ahead last week to remove the excess sand material from the marsh area south of Fenner Avenue in phase three of the project. This will allow the construction of phase two and phase three to be worked on as one phase.
The intent was to begin grading operations on the south end of the project last week and work northerly. The excess sand from the surcharge area will be used to fill the new roadbed to the north and south. A majority of the utility relocations have been completed throughout the project. Phase three is set to be complete the spring of 2009.
Roadwork on the project includes the installation of new culverts, flattening of the slopes beside the road, the addition of turn lanes and 8-foot paved shoulders, and building a pedestrian trail.
It was noted that, during some of the culvert installations, the roadway may be blocked for a short period of time. The highway department will be in communication with local emergency personnel during these periods.
New mailbox supports at no cost to residents
This project also includes the placement of a new mailbox support at no cost to local residents.
This mailbox support meets current safety standards and will swing away if hit by a moving vehicle. Later this fall, near the end of the project, the contractor will install the mailboxes on the new support at the correct height and location.
The mailbox support replacement will be completed only for existing mailboxes that are directly on CASH 17.
During the construction project, the route carriers preferred not to have to drive through the construction zone to deliver mail to each residence, so mailboxes have been grouped together at the end of the work zone or on side streets to make mail delivery easier.
For more information on the CSAH 17 project
For more information on the construction project, contact Assistant Wright County Highway Engineer Virgil Hawkins at (763) 682-7387, right-of-way agent Mark Johnson at (763) 682-7386, or senior construction technician Kevin Johnson at (763) 682-7707.
For the quickest response, call between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Updates will also be posted online at www.co.wright.mn.us/department/highway/notices.asp.