Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 21 NO. 6  -  June 2018

Major construction projects on Hwys 38, 46


When the project is complete, said Kevin Bissonette, MNDOT District 1 project engineer, it will look the same to travelers. There is no change planned in road width, shouldering or ditching for the national scenic highway. However, the resulting road will be classified as a 10 ton highway.

The project will remove the surface layer along the whole distance, regarding and resurfacing. There are some trouble spots, like visibility at Wildernessa Road and areas of frequent flooding, where elevation changes will be made. There also will be over 40 locations where culverts will be replaced. Project cost is over $8 million.

Itís a process that actually began as a community priority over 25 years ago. In 1997, the Highway 38 Leadership Board became a nonprofit to advocate for the highway. Surveying began in 2013, but construction was deferred as permits were obtained and missing easements obtained.

The project is described on the web page dot.state.mn.us/d1/projects/hwy-38/index.html.

Highway 46

The construction project on Highway 46 will take place on a ten mile stretch from Highway 2 north to County Road 39 and continue through July.

Pavement in the construction area will be reclaimed and resurfaced, four turn lanes will be constructed and four culverts will be replaced during the project.

Through traffic will be detoured along County Road 39. Local access will be available, although culvert construction may restrict travel. The culvert closest to Highway 2 will be replaced first, with culvert construction then moving north.

The project is described on the web page mndot.gov/d2/projects/2018/hwy46-deer-river.

511 information

Road construction information is available by dialing 511 and entering the highway number. It is also available on the internet at 511mn.reorg.

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