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Pequot Lakes: Rasmussen Road improvement ideas shared at open house

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The Pequot Lakes City Council has identified Rasmussen Road - or the former County Road 112/former Old Highway 371 - as needing improvements. Echo Journal / Google maps2 / 2

About 30 people learned more about what improvements could be made to Rasmussen Road in Pequot Lakes when they attended an open house Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Cole Memorial Building.

The Pequot Lakes City Council has identified Rasmussen Road - or the former County Road 112/former Old Highway 371 - as needing improvements. Widseth Smith Nolting, the city's engineering firm, completed an improvement study, and maps with possible improvements were revealed Nov. 27 for residents to look at and share comments and ideas.

The project is in the preliminary stage and the council has not approved any part of it beyond the improvement study, which is the first step of the process. Council members agreed to hold an open house to hear residents' thoughts before deciding whether to include Rasmussen Road in the budget.

The council has discussed using road turnback funds and bonding to finance the project. Estimated costs total $1.84 million for the 4/10 of a mile segment or Rasmussen Road north of Main Street, and $1.86 million for the half-mile segment south of Main Street.

However, those estimated costs include many variables. The council has discussed the possibility of improving the road in phases.

The council's regular monthly meeting was Tuesday, Dec. 4. Visit www.pineandlakes.com for council discussion on Rasmussen Road that night.