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Nearly $7 million in road improvements scheduled for Crow Wing Co.

The Crow Wing County Highway Department scheduled about $7 million worth of roadway improvements for the 2012 construction season.

There are numerous projects, including the new alignment of County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 18 in Nisswa that will incorporate a roundabout intersection. Rob Hall, acting Crow Wing County Highway engineer, said this is a joint project with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the city of Nisswa.

A new alignment of CSAH 18 from Highway 371 to Twin Leaf Circle east of the downtown area will be constructed and built in 2012, with a temporary connection to Highway 371. The existing traffic signal will be moved to this location (about 1,500 feet south of where it currently exists) in 2013 when MnDOT completes Highway 371 work. Part of the project will incorporate an extension of Smiley Road to the new CSAH 18, and a roundabout intersection where Smiley and CSAH 18 meet.

There also will be CSAH 48/College Drive intersection improvements located on the Brainerd/Baxter line. As part of the city of Brainerd led College Drive project, Crow Wing County and the city of Baxter have joined in to make improvements to the existing signal system and lane configurations.

Other projects include:

• CSAH 3 from CSAH 11 to CSAH 66 in the city of Crosslake and Mission Township for a resurfacing project with shoulder paving, intersection improvements and Pelican Brook bridge replacement. The bridge replacement work will require a detour to be put in place, utilizing CSAH 11, CSAH 39 and County Road 120.

• CSAH 11 from Highway 371 to CSAH 4 in the cities of Pequot Lakes and Breezy Point for resurfacing, intersection improvements and minor curb and storm sewer improvements.

• County Road 127 from County Road 115 to County Road 137 within Lake Edward Township and the First Assessment District — resurfacing with subgrade corrections and culvert replacement at Sugar Bush Creek. Hall said there is no logical detour while the work near the creek is completed, creating the need for road closures while that work is performed. In addition, Paradise Drive near the Parker Boy Scout Camp will be resurfaced.

• County Road 139 from CSAH 45 to County Road 113 in Daggett Brook and Platte Lake Townships will be the subject of subgrade corrections, drainage improvements and gravel placement.

• In the First Assessment District, the county is the road authority for town roads. Resurfacing/resurfacing is proposed on the following roadways: Ashmun Road, McKay Road, Terra Trac Road, Birch Lane North and South, Birchwood Lane, Andberg Way, North Oaks Drive, Mitchell Circle, and Oak Bluff. The majority of these roads are located between Brainerd and the Gilbert Lake area. The roadways will be included together in one contract, Hall reported.

Annually, about 10 to 15 miles of roadway receive a bituminous chip seal as a preventative measure to prolong pavement life. In 2012, the north 3.7 miles of CSAH 19, the south 3.4 miles of CSAH 39 and all of County Road 103 will receive the treatment.

A pavement marking project consisting of grinding a groove in the pavement and recessing pavement markings into that groove will be performed on various roads throughout the county, Hall said. A wet-reflective type of paint will be utilized that better retains reflectivity during rain events and at night. Placing the marking into a groove protects it from traffic and snowplow operations, leading to a longer life, Hall said.

Each year, about three million linear feet of pavement markings are placed on county roadways such as center line and edge line striping.

“It is a goal of the Crow Wing County Highway Department to continually inform residents of our engineering, maintenance and administrative activities and provide excellent customer service,” Hall stated.

For additional information on the 2012 projects, go to the county website at under the Highway Department link, or call the office at 824-1110.

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