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Road project changes Carlos

Echo Press photo by Lowell Anderson A project to rebuild parts of county roads 13 and 9 near Carlos is currently under way. This view shows County Road 13 looking east through Carlos.

With one Douglas County road construction project pretty much completed, another one is under way.

County Roads 9 and 13 in Carlos are being reconstructed. The work being done on these two roads is similar to the work that was just completed on County Roads 11 and 42, according to Dave Robley, Douglas County Public Works director.

The city of Carlos, said Robley, is replacing its water main, while the county is reconstructing the roads. The two projects are included in the one contract, he added.

The work on County Road 13 runs from the railroad tracks going east a little more than a quarter of a mile. County Road 9 is being rebuilt from County Road 13 south to Prairie Road, just outside the city limits, about one mile, said Robley.

The portion of roads that run next to Carlos Elementary School will be completed to gravel level prior to school starting, Robley noted, adding that the work will continue on County Road 9 into October.

There are no detours on either of the roads, he explained, because there are "no good detour roads."

There is still access into and out of the city of Carlos, but at times, motorists will not be able to drive through the city on County Road 9. Motorists will be asked to use side streets.

Besides reconstruction of the roads, work includes curb, gutter and sidewalks.

All of the work is expected to be completed by the end of October, except the last layer of asphalt, which will be completed sometime next spring, said Robley.

"Hopefully, we'll have good weather so that we can stay on schedule," he said. "Everything so far is going well and is on schedule."

Work for this project is being done by Nodland Construction of Alexandria. The total cost of the project, including the water main work and the road reconstruction, is estimated at $1.2 million.