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No. 4 - College Drive project complete


Ongoing since spring 2012 — with discussion and disputes dating to years before that — construction on College Drive was completed in fall 2012. Included in that completion, the city of Brainerd introduced drivers and the community to roundabouts Oct. 26.


In a memo to staff during a Brainerd City Council meeting Dec. 17, Brainerd City Engineer Jeff Hulsether said the final project cost was estimated at $9,458,592. When including all related expenses with the final cash receivables the total will be approximately $9,696,940.

Hulsether said currently advanced funds of $700,000 can be used and added that he is projecting upon project completion, the city will have roughly $806,000 in eligible reimbursable expenses above what had already been reimbursed. Hulsether said the city will need to reimburse at least $568,000 of that amount to balance project cost with project revenues.

The project work has included four lanes from Crow Wing County Road 48 to South Fourth Street; reconstruction of College Drive and Crow Wing County Road 48 intersection; roundabouts at Mississippi River Parkway, Southwest Fourth Street and South Fourth Street; a stop light at Quince and South Fifth streets; repaving Quince Street to South Sixth Street; trails; sidewalks; bridge improvements; pedestrian crosswalks, flashers and deterrents; lighting improvements; and a backage road to accommodate the apartment buildings.

JESSI PIERCE, staff writer, may be reached at 855-5859 or jessi.pierce@brainerddispatch.com. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jessi_pierce (@jessi_pierce).

Jessi Pierce
Born: 9/28/1987 (age 24) High School: Mahtomedi High School (home of the Zephyrs) in Mahtomedi, Minn. College: Journalism and Mass Communications degree from Iowa State University (Class 2010) Passions: Sharing the story. I love getting to know people, and in particular this town as it is so new to me, and being able to share something about them with the public. That and sports, especially hockey and lacrosse. Follow me on Twitter @jessi_pierce (views on Twitter do not represent that of the Brainerd Dispatch)
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