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Ward: MnDOT projects are necessary

Posted: March 28, 2013 - 9:36pm

State Rep. John Ward, DFL – Baxter, said the Brainerd area MnDOT projects that were announced this week will put workers back on the job and improve roads for years to come.

“These are necessary projects and I’m pleased that they are going to get done this year,” Rep. Ward said. “Construction is always a hassle; there’s no doubt about that, but getting these projects done will provide us with safer roads, better infrastructure, and jobs for our still-struggling construction industry.”

The area projects announced include:

• Highway 210 — Baxter to Pillager — will repair 7.5 miles of road. The total cost is expected to be $2 million. Construction is scheduled to begin in June and conclude in July. Single-lane traffic with flaggers should be expected. This project will provide a smoother road once completed.

• Highway 371 — Nisswa — will reconstruct one mile of Highway 371; relocate signal; install pedestrian tunnel; reconstruct city frontage road, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, storm/sanitary sewer. This is a partnership project with city of Nisswa and Crow Wing County. The total cost is expected to be $7 million, with MnDOT’s share being $4.5 million. Construction is scheduled to begin in July and conclude in October. Single lane traffic in each direction, local road closures, and a temporary signal at Nisswa Avenue should be expected. This project will provide improved safety and mobility for motorists and pedestrians, and minimize inconvenience by improving the local road system.

He urged motorists to be safe driving around road work this season.