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Baxter plans mid-summer seal coating project

BAXTER — Already thinking of a summer garage sale?

For residents in Baxter, planning the big event may mean considering the city’s plans to seal coat paved roads and trails.

The seal coating is expected to start in mid-July and continue through mid-August. Roads were picked based on a ratings system taking into account the road’s age. Completing the project will mean a period of disruption for residents. The city plans to mail out notifications well in advance and send a second notice 10 days out and another two days in advance. The goal is to give residents enough notice so they won’t drive over the seal coating during short windows when the work is being completed.

The plan is to have crews work one side of the street and leave the other side open for traffic flow. There will be a time ranging from 20 minutes to two hours when the seal can’t be crossed so residents will have to plan exits from driveways around the work schedule. Beyond the obvious work crews, there will be no parking signs along the affected streets during the seal coating.

Council members expressed concern for residents who are planning garage sales and for school events. Beyond direct mailings to residents, the city plans to include information about the project on its website and in its newsletter. No parking signs are expected to go up 48 hours prior to the seal coating.

Bolton & Menk, consulting engineers, reported the project consists of 8.3 miles of streets and 2.9 miles of trails. Estimated design costs are about $325,000 for the streets and $15,000 for the trail with engineering and administrative costs as extra. Bids for the project are expected to be awarded at the end of April.

The seal coating project is being combined with Crow Wing County for a common bid. Bolton & Menk reported the county project, with the combined projects, will be about $600,000. The earliest start date would be July 7 and it could be later. Once the project starts, 10 working days are allotted to complete the seat coating, sweeping, fog seal and pavement markings. Final work is expected to be completed by Aug. 29. Working hours for the crews are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the weekdays.

Streets to be seal coated include: Cedar Scenic road, Donald Street, Edmonton Road, Fairmont Court, Fairfax Court, Fairfax Road, Knollwood Drive, Laverne Circle, Knollwood Court, Timberlane Drive, Park Street, Woodland Road, Kingwood Drive, Parkwood Drive, Interlachen Road, Fox Road, Fox Place, Forest Drive, Design Road, Golf Course Drive, Fairview Road, Cypress Drive, Mountain Ash Drive, Jepson Road, Jasperwood Drive, Evergreen Drive and College Road.

And trails to be seal coated include the north side of Interlachen Road, west of Kingwood Drive and into Park, the east and west sides of Knollwood Drive, the east side of Jasperwood Drive, the south side of College Road.

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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