With the work at Gamehaven Park now visible when going east on Olmsted County Road 101, when is work scheduled to begin on paving 101? -- MP
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I just needed to turn to the front page of the June 25 edition of the Post Bulletin to discover your answer and more.
PB local government reporter Randy Petersen (one of my occasional minions) reported the paving of County Road 101 is tied to a planned realignment of the road east of Shoppes on Maine, which is expected to start this year, with the bulk of the work being done in the spring.
The county expects to receive $1.25 million from the Minnesota Department of Transportation program for the estimated $7 million project, which will create a new connection at 48th Street Southeast, east of Lowe's Home Improvement.
The project was set to start in June, but County Engineer Ben Johnson told Petersen that environmental work related to changing the road’s path led to a delay, with the county expecting to start clearing trees for the project this year.
The project’s goal is to improve roadway safety on the county road that has not seen changes since it was created in 1969.
Work will include creating a 10-ton roadway and a multi-use trail, as well as the creation of a roundabout at the intersection of County Road 101 and County Road 1 at the east end of the project.
While the project will redirect the county road to a new intersection, the current intersection at St. Bridget Road and 45th Street will remain open, but 45th Street will end in a cul-de-sac east of the crossing as the redesigned county road dips south.
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