By Jennifer Kotila
COKATO, MN Work on Wright County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 3 south of Cokato, from Klarsyn Street to the south county line, will begin today, and the highway detour will be re-posted with the same detour route as last fall, according to the Wright County Department of Highways.
Shafer Contracting, the concrete paving contractor, will begin hauling equipment and materials to their temporary batch plant, located along 70th Street, one mile south of Cokato.
After the gravel surface is shaped to the proper grade, concrete paving will begin around May 15, starting at Klarsyn Street and proceeding south to 70th Street (1.2 miles).
The contractor will then move operations to the south end of the project in McLeod County, and work northward to 70th Street.
As part of this project, McLeod County will also overlay two miles of McLeod County Road 2, just south of CSAH 3, which will be completed first.
Local residents will be required to drive on the shoulders (one-way only) until the concrete has cured and can be used for traffic, and the contractor will direct traffic flow.
Due to this work, longer trips may be required to get around the paving operation.
After the concrete paving is completed the first part of June, work will start on the shoulders, shaping and paving with blacktop.
Topsoil shaping and seeding operations will follow completion of shoulder work.
After pavement markings are applied and signage is installed, the highway will be opened to all traffic.
Weather permitting, it is anticipated all work on this contract will be completed by Aug. 9.
Temporary mailboxes will be re-located to township roads (same as last year), until the project is near completion, when they can be moved back to the shoulder edge of CSAH 3.
Questions or comments regarding this project can be directed to the proper individuals by calling the Wright County Public Works Building at (763) 682-7383 or toll-free at (800) 362-3667 (ask for the Public Works Department). Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
To find updates on the project, click here.