More changes ahead for city, county roads
When you go over the river and through the woods this Thanksgiving, you might still end up at Grandma's house but the entity that maintains that route may not be the same.
The cities of Alexandria and Osakis, Douglas County and the state of Minnesota have swapped ownership of portions of roads in the area. The change comes as part of recommendations made in the 2011 Alexandria Area 2030 Transportation Study.
The biggest change is the turn-back of Highway 27 from the state to the county. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) reported that Highway 27 will run concurrently with Interstate 94 from the interchange west of Alexandria to the Osakis exit. From the Osakis exit to the city of Osakis, Highway 27 will follow the current Highway 127 route, which will be renamed Highway 27.
County Engineer and Public Works Director Dave Robley said MnDOT will maintain Highway 27 through October and Douglas County will begin maintaining that road as County State Aid Highways (CSAH) 46 and 82 on November 1.
Once concurrence from the cities of Alexandria and Osakis is given, the state will issue a Commissioner's Order establishing those roads as State Aid Highways.
Signage is expected to change early in 2013 and will be coordinated between MnDOT and Douglas County. MnDOT will compensate Douglas County with a $1 million lump sum payment to off-set additional costs involved with maintaining the road.
STATE TO COUNTY
A- Approximately 1.89 miles of old Highway 27 beginning at CSAH 45 east of Interstate 94 and west of Trunk Highway 29 has been designated as CSAH 46. CSAH 46 will continue from Highway 29 approximately 1.06 miles east to the Soo Line Railroad west right of way line; this section is also known as 34th Avenue in Alexandria.
B - Approximately .75 miles of road between CSAH 22, at the fairgrounds entrance, along 3rd Avenue in Alexandria to Highway 29 (Broadway Street) will be numbered as CSAH 82.
C- Approximately 11.23 miles of Highway 27 beginning at Highway 29, Nokomis Street, in Alexandria continuing to the intersection of Highway 127 on the east side of Osakis will be established as CSAH 82.
COUNTY TO CITY
D - Approximately 1.81 miles of CSAH 44 beginning at CSAH 22 going north and east to CSAH 42 will be revoked by the county and reverted to the city of Alexandria.
E - Approximately 3.42 miles of County Road 70 will be turned back to the city of Alexandria. Included is an approximately 2.24 mile long portion of East Golf Course Road and South LeHomme Dieu Drive at the intersection of CSAH 42 continuing to Highway 29; a .47 mile stretch of Government Point Road concluding at the intersection of Boys and Van Avenues; and a .71 length of road from Highway 29 along McKay Avenue to South LeHomme Dieu Drive.
F - Approximately 1.45 miles of County Road 106 west of the Soo Line Railroad along 50th Avenue and then north along Pioneer Road in Alexandria to the CSAH 46 intersection will be revoked by the county and reverted to the city of Alexandria.
CITY TO COUNTY
G - Approximately .41 miles on McKay Avenue, beginning south of 6th Avenue in Alexandria and ending at CSAH 82, has also been designated a section of CSAH 46.
H - Approximately 1.17 miles of CSAH 82 from McKay Avenue to the intersection of Highway 29 in Alexandria will be renumbered from CSAH 43 to CSAH 46. This will make CSAH 46 a continuous route between Highway 27 west and Highway 29 north.
Highway 127 will become Highway 27.
Highway 27 between I94 and Highway 29/Broadway Street will become Douglas County Road 46 and addressed as 34th Avenue.
Highway 27 from Highway 29/Nokomis Street in Alexandria to Osakis will become Douglas County Road 82.
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.