Detours ahead in Douglas County
There may be a few bumps in the road if you plan on traveling in Douglas County this summer - but plans are in place to smooth them out for future road trips.
County Engineer/Public Works Director Dave Robley presented the road construction schedule for July through October at a recent public information meeting. Tentative plans through 2016 were also forecast.
Construction funding comes primarily from state aid funds ($2,197,411). Other sources include: county bonds ($645,000), county levy ($634,203), town bridge account ($384,000), state bridge bonding ($200,000), flood damage grant ($155,000) and township funds ($10,000).
Projected spending on construction in the next four years fluctuates between $2.4 million and $4.2 million.
Alexandria/Carlos: County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 20 from Trunk Highway 29 to CSAH 9 will be reconstructed. Detours will be in place. Estimated cost, $652,000.
Alexandria: CSAH 44 from CSAH 22 to CSAH 42 will have a bituminous overlay applied. Minor, temporary traffic delays are expected. Estimated cost, $321,000.
Alexandria: County Road 90 from CSAH 45 to 5th Avenue will receive an overlay. Minor, temporary traffic delays are expected. Estimated cost, $252,000.
Lund/Evansville: CSAH 82 from west county line to CSAH 41 will be reclaimed and overlaid. Minor, temporary traffic delays are expected. Estimated cost, $1,418,000.
Lund/Evansville: CSAH 19 from Trunk Highway 79 to CSAH 82 will have an overlay applied. Minor, temporary delays are expected. Estimated cost, $565,000.
JULY - AUGUST
Alexandria: County Road 106 from 50th Avenue to CSAH 46 will have turn lane construction and an overlay applied. Minor, temporary traffic delays are expected. Estimated cost, $332,000.
Solem: CSAH 15 at Lake Oscar Outlet will have a temporary detour while 30-inch concrete pipe is installed to replace existing 18-inch pipe. Estimated cost, $310,000.
SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER
Millerville: The bridge at Mill Pond Outlet on Chippewa River in Millerville Township (bridge number L0202) will be replaced. Traffic will be impacted by a detour route. Estimated cost, $394,000.
Alexandria: The bridge on County Road 111 at Geneva/L'Homme Dieu channel will be replaced with a box culvert. A detour route will be in place. Estimated cost, $250,000.
DID YOU KNOW...
There are 542 miles of highway in Douglas County:
386 miles of County State Aid Highways - 50 miles are still gravel.
156 County Road miles - 87 are gravel.
Crystal Dey Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota's Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter at @CrystalDey_Echo.