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Bridge work continues

By Staff | Aug 28, 2016

The new Main Street bridge over the Blue Earth River is starting to take shape, as work on support piers has begun.

It was another steady step forward for Faribault County construction projects this week, as one got underway and another remains on schedule.

Work on County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 18 began Monday, Aug. 22, according to county engineer Mark Daly. And the plan was also for a pier to be poured for Blue Earth’s North Main Street bridge on Friday as part of that street’s renovations.

“It is part of the new bridge,” Daly said of the pier, which is essentially the upright support that complements the bridge foundation.

The bridge pier assembly comes roughly a week after construction crews began working on a North Main storm sewer.

Despite the admittedly slow start to project construction, particularly involving the removal of the bridge over the Blue Earth River, Daly said the North Main Street work should still be completed by late fall.

Once finished, the bridge and road from Leland Parkway to Fairgrounds Road will feature two 12-foot lanes with six-foot shoulders.

Meanwhile, on CSAH 18, contractors began to grade a 1.5-mile stretch from CSAH 15 to CSAH 13 in Delavan Township. BENCO?Electric relocated power poles to new right-of-way limits before the start of construction, according to an update from Daly on the county’s Highway Department website.

That construction includes hauling in 12,000 tons of gravel, moving 54,000 cubic yards of dirt and installing 500 feet of pipe.

Ultimately, installation of bituminous pavement is also scheduled for that area in 2017.

As for other county construction, all sidewalk workis complete in Wells’ Safe Routes to School (SRTS) project, part of the federally funded program for making “safer and easier”?routes for students biking and walking to school.

Final payment for the project, Daly said, will not come until after new grass and sod has also been established. Turf installation could result in temporary lane and sidewalk closures.