By Jennifer Kotila
COKATO, MN After a slow start due to rain in May and June, the reconstruction of Wright County State Aid Highway 3, south of Cokato, is picking up pace, according to assistant Wright County Engineer Virgil Hawkins.
The road is being reconstructed from Wright County Road 137 (60th St. SW) to the Wright/McLeod county line, with a realignment taking place through a field near 90th Street SW and 85th Street SW, about three miles south of Cokato.
“We’re hoping for good weather, which will determine how quickly things get completed,” Hawkins said, noting that the weather has been cooperating the last couple of weeks.
Once construction is complete, the roadway will be wider and have wider shoulders, similar to Wright CSAH 3 north of Cokato.
The curves will also be straightened, and the ditches will be less steep when the project is complete.
This will make the roadway safer for drivers and others using it, Hawkins said.
So far, the blacktop has been removed at the north end of the project, near Cokato, and grading operations have begun, Hawkins said.
Blacktop is continuing to be removed from the rest of the roadway, and is being ground into class 5 aggregate. It will be stored and used in the reconstruction, according to Hawkins.
Farther south, work is being done to replace culverts for drainage along the road. All of the culverts will be replaced in the reconstruction.
By this fall, the grading operations will be complete, and gravel will be laid. The roadway will remain gravel over the winter, Hawkins said.
Next spring, a new concrete road surface will be laid, with blacktop shoulders.
Seeding and final cleanup will take place after the blacktop and concrete work is completed, Hawkins said.