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Crow Wing County summarizes highway work

Each year, the Crow Wing County Highway Department updates its five-year highway improvement plan to ensure residents and local agencies are aware of proposed projects.

The plan identifies long-term budgetary needs to ensure proposed projects are adequately funded. The original construction program for 2018 identified about 20 projects totaling an estimated $10.2 million investment. Actual final costs are anticipated to be $9.7 million.

In 2018, eight local townships and cities partnered with the county to create joint construction contracts, resulting in lower overall costs. These local agencies provided more than $600,000 in improvements for their residents through these partnerships.

Improvements in 2018 included 47 miles of bituminous surfacing, 246 miles of pavement markings, 37 miles of preventative maintenance seal coats and various isolated improvements. Due to the ability to bid projects early in the year, all projects were substantially complete by the middle of September. All projects identified in the five-year plan for 2018 were delivered.

The funding sources that made the improvements possible, for a total investment of $9.74 million, are:

• $636,000 levy (property taxes),

• $2.12 milion federal (acquired through competitive process),

• $3.46 million state aid (gas tax, vehicle registration, etc.),

• $2.47 million sales tax (generated by visitors and residents),

• $426,000 First Assessment District (property taxes),

• $630,000 local partners — townships and cities.