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Get ready for big changes on CR 42

Echo Press graphic Detours are expected to begin next month along County Roads 42, 34 and 11.

In less than a month, work on the County Road 42/11/34 project will begin and residents will have to take alternate routes.

Some preliminary work has already begun, such as tree clearing, but the roadwork itself is set to begin in about mid-May, according to Douglas County Public Works Director Dave Robley.

The construction will depend on when weight load restrictions have been lifted from the roads, he noted.

Robley stressed that access will be provided to residents living along the construction zone, but that all other traffic will have to use the detours.

Access will be provided to businesses along the route, such as Bug-A-Boo Bay, which will be accessible from the south. Other businesses, such as Three Havens Artwork, Club One and Three Havens General Store, which are not on the construction route for this year, can be accessed from the north.

Robley noted that signs will be in place to help direct motorists to each of the businesses in the construction zone.

"All the businesses will still be accessible," stressed Robley. "[Motorists] will just have to follow the signage."

Signs will soon be in place letting motorists know when the roads will be closed and when they will have to start using the detours.

The $1.726 million project, which includes water main work, will be done in stages.

The first stage starts at the intersection of County Road 42 and South L'Homme Dieu Drive and ends at County Road 42 at Ross Garden NW. The section of road between South L'Homme Dieu Drive and Browns Point Road NW, which is the road in front of Bug-A-Boo Bay, should be completed enough to drive on by Memorial Day.

Stage two will run from the intersection of County Road 42 and Ross Garden NW to the Carlos/Darling Bridge, right before the County Road 11/34 split.

Stage three will be the section of County Road 42 at the Indian Mounds (formerly the intersection where Timberdoodle gift shop was located) to Blakes by the Lakes, which is about one-quarter mile northeast of the County Road 11/42 intersection.

The bulk of the work, said Robley, will be the underground work such as the water main and utilities, which includes gas, electrical, phone and cable lines.

The hope is to have this year's project completed by the end of August. In 2010 and 2011, work will continue with phase two and phase three of the overall project.

Robley stressed, however, that weather will play a factor in how fast the work can be done.

A pre-construction meeting will take place within the next two weeks with the contractor of the project, which is Central Specialties of Alexandria.

Construction updates will be available on the Douglas County website,