The reconstruction of County Road 9 between County Road 20 and the city of Nelson will begin Thursday, Sept. 5.

While the work is being done, only local traffic will be allowed access . Motorists will be able to access downtown Nelson from County Road 82, according to Dave Robley, Douglas County Public Works director. Construction will begin at County Road 20 and progress to the east and south toward Nelson.

Robley explained the first operation will be to grind the existing asphalt surface, which will be used as a temporary gravel surface while the grading work continues.

The project, he said, will improve the curve at Crooked Lake Road, the intersection at County Road 73 and provide better sight lines and wider shoulders for increased safety. The road grade will be reconstructed and the gravel surface will be placed this fall. The road will remain gravel throughout the winter to allow for settlement before the paving process begins.

The initial paving will be done next summer, with the final paving scheduled for the summer of 2021. A detour will be set up on County Roads 20, 46, 82 and Highway 29.

"We understand the inconvenience this road construction presents," said Robley, who is also the county engineer. "We appreciate everyone's patience during the project. The newly-constructed roadway will be a significant improvement for motorists."

The contractor for the $1.8 million project is Riley Bros. Construction of Morris. Funding is from the local option sales tax for transportation, adopted by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners in 2014. This year's work is expected to be done by mid-November, weather permitting.