12/4/2013 7:16:00 PM Hwy. 52 work to wrap up for the winter
by Ken Haggerty
Work on the new Hwy. 52 overpass, ramps, and connecting roads is about to wrap up for the season, Steve Engstrom, project manager for the job contractor Hentges said on Monday.
He said they are on pace for final completion next August/September. They were delayed a little waiting for crews to relocate the Magellan pipeline which runs through the area across from the old Cranky Ape property.
Engstrom said they are still putting a little more pipe in the ground this week, respreading top soil, and laying down some erosion control material.
"The landscape physically is pretty much how it will appear when finished," said Engstrom. Work will resume in April with some road bed work, road surfacing, bridge railing, signage, fencing, lighting and other final work. A repavement of Hwy. 52 in the area will be part of next year's activities.
A new drainage pond will go in near where the southern stoplights are now located. He said that may be one of the first items they resume work on in the Spring. That interchange will probably be closed at that time.
Another drainage pond still will be dug where the new road will connect with County 24, near 321st St.
About 90,000 yards of fill were hauled from the hill west of the water tower and used as banking material in the project.
Engstrom urges all snowmobilers to use caution on the trail that goes through the construction area. There are rocks, ditches and other obstacles that snowmobilers may be unfamiliar with.
Some residents on the new eastern frontage are already using new roads on that side. The Highview access to Hwy. 52 will probably be closed in the Spring, but the new connecting frontage will be ready for use at that time.