Construction on the College Drive Improvement will resume on Monday affecting traffic patterns in Brainerd and Baxter.
Favorable warm weather conditions this winter set the stage for work to begin earlier than originally anticipated, Anderson Brothers Construction Co. of Brainerd reported to the city of Brainerd.
The project extends from west of Crow Wing County Road 48 in Baxter, along County Road 48 north and south of College Road/College Drive and then easterly through the intersection of Quince and Fifth streets. Work did continue on the public and private utility relocations during the winter and into the spring.
Work commencing on Monday will begin with the construction at County Road 48 and College Drive, along with College Road in Baxter. This work will require the existing traffic signal to be shut down and the installation of a four-way stop until fall to facilitate construction staging. Grading to accommodate the widening and retaining wall construction by Central Lakes College and Brainerd High School will also begin at this time.
Motorists and roadway users are advised to use alternate routes for access to this area starting on Monday and the following summer months. Significant delays are anticipated as motorists approach the project from the south on County Road 48 and from the west on College Road in the Baxter. The current plan is to maintain access with one lane in each direction during the start of the project, however, motorists will experience delays in the construction area, especially during the morning and night rush hours. College Drive will be limited to one lane in each direction, however, the use of left turns will also be limited.
Vehicles and pedestrians traveling in the College Drive construction area are asked to slow down and drive or use the roadway with caution. The city of Brainerd and Anderson Brothers Construction Co. thanked the public for their patience during this construction process. Additional information is available by accessing the website at http://www.ci.brainerd.mn.us/engineering/collegedrive/index.htm or by contacting Ron Bray, project engineer, at (612) 360-1280 and Bryon Amo, project inspector at (320) 420-1255.