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Faribault County bridge is closed

By Staff | Nov 24, 2019

This bridge over Center Creek was found to have structural damage and was closed off to traffic until further notice.

“We have just received a new report of pavement scores on our county roads from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT),” public works director Mark Daly told the Faribault County Commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19. “Since we now have new data, I would like to incorporate the updated information into our five-year road plan.”

MnDOT had last performed their tests to determine road scores in 2015, according to Daly.

“With the new information in mind, I would like to wait until January of 2020 to present the five year road plan for the county and to do our road tour,” Daly said.

From the future plan for roads to a current situation with a bridge, Daly informed the board about a problem with a bridge in Verona Township.

“We have a bridge located on 165th Street where one of its two bridge timber pier beams is crushed,” Daly explained. “This has resulted in the timber deck sagging. We discovered the problem during a routine bridge inspection. Although it is a township bridge, Faribault County is responsible for safety inspections, recommended repairs and replacement, if necessary.”

The bridge spans Center Creek and has been closed since Friday morning, Nov. 8.

“If it is determined the bridge cannot be repaired and must be replaced, it could be closed for a couple of years.”

Daly also brought a resolution before the board to add .2 of a mile of County State Aid Highway (CSAH) to the county’s highway system, it would be known as CSAH 64.

“This road is in Kiester, it is Sixth Street. starting at the intersection of CSAH 2 and continues south to Front Street; at that point it would continue on Front Street. and terminate at the intersection of CSAH 58 (S. Main Street.),” Daly explained.

Daly provided a map to the commissioners, which showed the road in question passes by the grain elevator in Kiester.

“It makes sense,” commissioner Tom Loveall stated. “It leads to an elevator, it is part of our core infrastructure.”

The resolution passed unanimously.

Daly also provided a road construction update.

“All that remains to be done on CSAH 12 and CSAH 63 are the punch lists,” Daly commented. “The paving is complete and the centerline striping is done on CSAH 15. Shouldering and edge lines and parking stripes will be done in 2020.”

Daly also brought a proposal to the board to purchase a new Caterpillar 950 loader. The cost of the new loader is $235,000.

“The state bid for the current year expires on Nov. 30,” Daly said. “There will likely be a 2-3 percent price increase for next year. If we order it this year, it could save about $6,000.”

The commissioners asked if this was a straight purchase or if there was a trade-in.

“We will be trading in a 1999 model 938G with 6,000 hours,” Daly remarked. “The cost after trade is $179,800.”

During discussion it was noted purchasing the loader is currently part of the 2020 budget. Even though the new machine would be ordered in 2019, the county would not have to pay for it until 2020. The board then voted to approve the purchase.