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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Moose Lake road work progressing

Roundabout now open


September 14, 2017

Lois E. Johnson

Traffic circles the new roundabout at the intersection of Highway 73 and County Road 10 as a crew works to complete it by September 28. This is the first roundabout in District 1 of the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the first in Carlton County.

Portions of the road construction project in Moose Lake are reaching the final stages, reported Jim Sorenson, the construction supervisor from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), at an update meeting September 5.

Shoulders on Highway 73 to the south freeway interchange, the short section of Highway 61 that was repaved, and on Highway 27 out to the north freeway interchange will be completed, he said.

"There will be striping on both ends of town by the end of the week," he added.

Driveways and sidewalk construction was set to take place on Folz Boulevard, he said. The south side of the street was set to be paved by Saturday, September 9.

The permanent street signs were to be replaced all along the route starting the week of September 11.

Work continues on Arrowhead Lane on the storm sewer by MarketPlace Foods. Once the storm sewer work is completed, the west side of the road will be paved. Sorenson said it is expected the traffic will be be able to travel on the new paved half of the street by September 19.

"Work on the other half of the road will go quicker," said Sorenson.

The new signal lights by First National Bank and by the Highway 73-61 intersection and street lighting were expected to be installed the week of September 11.

The detours around the roundabout were completed and the roundabout opened Thursday, September 7.

"This is the first roundabout in our District 1," said Sorenson. "It has taken longer than it should have, but we have not fined the construction company yet."

It was pointed out that pedestrians will only have to cross one lane at a time when crossing the street by the roundabout.

A second meeting was held right after the MnDOT project to discuss the two city streets, South Kenwood Avenue and Third Street, that will be rebuilt and paved yet this construction season.

Steve Heth, the city engineer from Bolton and Menk, reported a storm sewer has been installed along South Kenwood Avenue to the first hydrant. The hydrant did not have a shut-off valve and the water could not be shut off to the nearby hospital.

"I made a call and relocated the outlet for the storm sewer to the existing sanitary sewer," he said. "There will be no adverse impact to it. It has a vast drainage area."

Heth also reported the ambulances have been moved to park close to the hospital, as the driveway to the ambulance garage has been blocked by the construction project.

The street has been kept open to one lane of traffic, but the area by the swamp is closed during the day, he said.

"That part of the street had been built on organic material," he explained. "We will have to dig it out completely and replace it with granular material."

Heth said he and the city administrator met with the owner of the warehouse on Third Street to ask for access to his property to improve the grade for improved drainage of accumulated water.

The property owner has agreed to the project.

"We defined a true driveway and he'll have a curb and gutter," said Heth. "The curb and gutter and open sections will define the street. There will be additional catch basins on Third Street."

Heth added the alley across the street will be defined with a 24-foot opening, with tapers on both sides.

Mayor Ted Shaw asked if Third Street would be paved across Elm Avenue to connect with new pavement from a previous project.

Heth replied that he would check into it.

The two street projects are expected to be completed by October 6, said Heth.


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