By Ivan Raconteur
CARVER AND MCLEOD COUNTIES, MN The Highway 7 project was delayed one day this week due to rain, but crews will make up the time by working Saturday, MnDOT representative Kelly Brunkhorst said during Wednesday’s project update meeting at the Hollywood Ranch House.
Crews have finished the 4-inch base layers in the passing lane sections between McLeod County Road 15 and Eagle Avenue, and the turn lanes at McLeod County Road 9, Brunkhorst said.
Gravel will be added to the shoulders to bring them even to this level, and then the final two lifts of asphalt will be applied.
Crews were finishing the paving at McLeod County Road 2.
Brunkhorst said this area was expected to be paved this week, and once that is done, the detour signs will probably be moved to the east side of County Road 2.
The next step in Carver County is paving of the passing lane section between Carver County Road 21 and Tacoma Avenue.
During the meeting, business owner Fred Radde said that he has passed through the roundabout at Carver County Road 10 between 6 and 6:20 a.m. and the traffic travelling east on Highway 7 is moving steadily through the roundabout, as is the traffic coming south on County Road 10 from Watertown, but the northbound traffic from Waconia is getting backed up and is unable to merge into the roundabout.
Brunkhorst and MnDOT representative Dave Johnston said they would look into the situation.