Area cities and counties prepare for road construction

Published 9:59 am Thursday, June 12, 2008

Mower County

Repairs are being made to County Road 46 (also known as Oakland Avenue in Austin) and reseeding of the ditches. This is a continuation of a project from last year and a spokesman for the highway department said there should be slight disruptions to traffic.

Steele County

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A new culvert and bridge in being installed on County State Aid Highway 26 in the town of Summit near Blooming Prairie.

Waseca County

Bituminous overlays will be made on County Roads 28, 67 and 11 in the south end of the county after July 4.

Faribault County

Work is under way on the main street in Minnesota Lake. Also, a new bridge is being installed on County Road 31 north of Kiester

Winnebago County, Iowa

Resurfacing of the nine miles of County Road R74 from Lake Mills to Iowa Highway 9 will start in August.

Worth County, Iowa

A bridge overlay project on County Road 105 west of Northwood will start in about a week.

Lake Mills, Iowa

City Engineer Leo Russell said the city recently let the complete reconstruction of North Second Avenue, including water and sewer utilities. The price tag is about $350,000 and the work is slated for late July. The street is asphalt but will become concrete. Also in late July the city will tear up the 300 block of North Third Avenue and the 200 block on South Mill Street.

He said the city already performed about seven blocks of seal coating at a price of $24,500.

Lake Mills also is sharing the overlay of County Road R74 with Winnebago County. Roughly one mile will be the city’s responsibility. It is slated for August.


The city will finish the resurfacing of Euclid and Hemmingsen streets and part of North Powers Avenue, a $300,000 project that started last year and includes utility work, too.


This city plans to seal coat all of its streets, likely in August, at a cost of $30,000.

Many of the other cities in the Tribune area either did not return phone calls or officials said they had no street work this summer.

— Tribune staff writers Sarah Stultz, Sarah Kirchner, Ed Shannon and Tim Engstrom contributed to this story.

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Tim Engstrom is the editor of the Albert Lea Tribune. He resides in Albert Lea with his wife, two sons and dog.

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