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College Drive construction end in sight

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Ongoing since spring 2012 — with discussion and disputes dating to years before that — Brainerd City Engineer Jeff Hulsether on Wednesday said construction on College Drive is on track and nearing its completion.

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Hulsether said another transition will be made for motorists beginning Oct. 1, allowing westbound traffic into the west lane and eastbound traffic in the east lane.

“Come Monday, there will be no more traffic traveling in opposite lanes,” said Hulsether. “We will still have lane closures, and will still be operating on single lanes and the roundabouts functioning about three to four weeks.

“Then we hope to open everything up and have the pavement complete and two lanes of traffic to be permanently open.”

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.

Hulsether said that with citizens’ concerns rising about the new roundabouts, the city will release safety information in coming days to help ease into the change.

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).

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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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