PILLAGER -- Cass County commissioners will wait until their July 19 meeting to receive recommendations from County Engineer David Enblom on County State Aid Highway 50 road improvements.
A delegation of residents from that road asked the board last month to alleviate road surface and safety problems resulting from trucks hauling from a gravel pit on the road.
Many houses along the north shore of Ten Mile Lake lie only a few feet from CSAH 50.
Residents, Commissioners Glenn Witham and Joanne Pels, U.S. Forest Service and Minnesota DNR representatives and county highway and land department officials met June 29 to evaluate possible solutions.
In the short term, they recommend documenting average daily traffic and gravel pit volumes, new gravel overlay and calcium chloride treatment on gravel portions of CSAH 50, more uniform 20 mile per hour signing through the congested residential area and warning signs.
They did not recommend load limits at this time.
Cass County Sheriff's Department has scheduled a temporary loan of a stationary radar sign from Minnesota State Patrol which will give motorists a reading of their speed as they pass along that road.
For the long term, the committee recommended the county seek federal permits through U.S. Forest Service land or land exchanges with the county or state and evaluate the potential for re-routing a portion of CSAH 50 away from houses.
Witham will report to the board July 19 on the committee's investigation of long term road re-routing concepts.
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