Recent rains pushing back Highway 7 project dates

Sept. 8, 2008

By Ivan Raconteur
Staff Writer

After a dry summer, recent rains may be good news for lawns and farmers, but they are bad news for road construction, and they have resulted in delays for the Highway 7 construction project.

The opening of the roundabout at Highway 25 in Carver County, north of the City of Mayer, is one key area that has been affected.

It was originally expected to open the week of Sept. 8. It was later moved to Sept. 15.

“We have lost four days due to rain in the last week,” Knife River representative Vern Grazes said during Wednesday’s project update meeting at the Hollywood Ranch House. “It’s too wet to grade now,” he added.

Crews now hope to have the roundabout open Friday, Sept. 19, Grazes said.

The official detour for the Highway 7 project is expected be moved from Highway 41 to Highway 25 once the roundabout is open.

The asphalt plant is expected to move back to the project area Wednesday, Sept. 10.

In McLeod County, the intersection of Highway 7 and McLeod County Road 9 between Lester Prairie and Winsted is not expected to reopen until late September, Grazes said.

The entire project is scheduled to be complete by mid-November.

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