3/22/2013 10:38:00 AM Hwy. 52 work to start July 8
by Paul Martin
Work on the new Hwy 52/24 interchange south of Cannon Falls is set to start on July 8, Goodhue County Board heard at its March 19 meeting. "One big issue remaining is securing right-of-way agreements," said County Public Works Director Greg Isakson. "A lawyer contacted about 50 landowners affected by the construction, and said he could get them a better price for the land that would be taken. MnDOT is still working with them."
Because of this project and the building of the new Mayo Medical Center nearby, the County road program this summer will be headlined by the new Hwy 24. This road, formally known as the Southeast Collector Road, will serve the new Medical Center and relieve traffic in downtown Cannon Falls. In 2013, it will be built as far as Hwy 25.
Isakson said that Federal funds are now in place to complete the road to Hwy 19 east of Cannon Falls Schools in 2016. Without this road, traffic in the town is expected to increase to the point where several historic buildings around the central traffic light would need to be demolished.
"We normally allow about four years for a project of this scope," said Isakson. "My staff have worked really hard, and got it done in less than half that time. It has been a real headache." He outlined the issues that have caused the greatest problems. Part of the route needed an archaeological survey to ensure no Native American or other sites would be disturbed. Next, the route is crossed by a large Magellan gasline that will need to be buried 30' deep. Right-of-way agreements also need to be completed on the Collector Road.
Geology caused the biggest problem. "We found that unstable shale underlies some of the proposed route," said Isakson. "This is the same shale that underlies the site of the failed Sandstone Ridge sub-division on Hwy 25."
Construction of the road will take place this summer, at an estimated cost of $3,285,000.
Road Projects for Zumbrota, Red Wing, Denison
Other major road projects set for 2013 are on six miles of Hwy 9 from Dennison to Sogn; Hwy 10 between Hwys 58 and 48 east of Zumbrota; Hwy 53 near the newly replaced Spring Creek Bridge in Red Wing; and the new Hwy 168 at the north end of Zumbrota.
Three bridges will be replaced: in Warsaw Township, on the Sogn Valley Road just west of Hwy 14; on 147th Ave south of Hwy 11 in Roscoe Township; and on 100th Avenue between Hwys 9 and 1 in Leon Township. Next on the list will be the 330th St. bridge east of Stanton, which will be built in Fall 2013 or Spring 2014.
Lastly, there is what Isakson called "a fun little offroad project" on Hwy 7 near Welch Ski Village. The Cannon River is eating away the land toward the road at a rate of 10 feet per year, and the bank needs to be stabilized. "If we don't do this," quipped Board Chair Dan Rechtzigel, "in 20 years time we will need a ferry."