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Highway 16 will get a facelift


Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Government

Left to right: Mike Hyland, of Spring Valley, talks with Don Miller of Yaggy Colby Associates and Kjersti Anderson of Mn/DOT. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Highway 16 between Spring Valley and Preston will be getting resurfaced beginning in early June 2013. Information about the project was given to the public at an open house held on December 6th, 2012 at the Spring Valley Community Center. In attendance were Kjersti Anderson, Project Manager, Kristin Kammueller, Community Relations Coordinator, and Don Miller, of Yaggy Colby Associates, Inc. to give information and answer questions about the project. This will be a major project with sixteen miles of road to be repaired at a cost of 4.8 million dollars.

The project is part of Governor Mark Dayton’s “Better Roads Program.” The Better Roads Program is special funding that is set aside specifically to be used for lower volume roads with poor pavement. There are several Better Roads Program projects happening in the state and in our district. According to Kristin Kammueller of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT), “this is a unique project because of the Better Roads Program,” due to the fact that the program allows the road to be repaired earlier than it would have been otherwise. According to Harlan Schmidt, who attended the open house, the last time this stretch of road was resurfaced was in 1983, and it is showing its age.

The work being done on Highway 16 entails “mill and overlay” which in simply means resurfacing. Don Miller stated “it will not be total reconstruction, we will be taking the old surface off and putting a new one on.” One and one-half inches of pavement will be milled off and 3 inches of new laid down, which will raise the grade by an inch and a half. Along with the resurfacing, there will be 20 culvert repairs, 50 concrete joints will be reconstructed, and guardrails will be replaced.

During part of the project there will be two detours. The first detour will be on County Road 12 and County Road 5. The second detour will be on Highway 80 and Hwy 52. These detours will happen during the culvert replacement phase of the project only which will take approximately six weeks. Following the culvert replacement the road will be open for traffic. The people who live on the road will be able to get to their homes throughout the project.

Kjersti Anderson stated that they “will know in February who the contractor is” for the project. The end result will be new pavement with twelve foot lanes and two foot shoulders on each side. The project is slated to .....
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Rep. Greg Davids receives Minnesota Ambulance Association Award

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Government

(Spring Valley, MN) State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) was recently presented with the ambulance industry’s prestigious “Legacy Award” for his record of strong support for rural Emergency Medical Services policies at the Minnesota L ..... 
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Spring Valley approves agreement with Waste Management

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council meeting got underway at 6:00 on Monday night, and six minutes later the meeting was over. The agenda consisted of approval of the minutes from October 8, Consider the October Final Accounts Payables totaling $365,080.5 ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council approves new solid waste contract

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Gary Peterson After 30 minutes of discussion, the Spring Valley City Council voted to award the solid waste contract for residential garbage to Waste Management. The decision was made after an informal poll from members of the Council. Mayor Ji ..... 
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Spring Valley discusses Main Street project

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Government

It was an evening of dealing with communications for various departments within the city. This included new radios for Emergency Management and controllers for the sirens in the city along with a control station, mobiles, portables and a repeater. T ..... 
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Spring Valley does not move ahead with street project

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Government

“It’s a County Road, it’s a County Problem” -Spring Valley Mayor, Jim Struzyk Such were the comments of the Mayor at the end of a public hearing that was called to make a decision on the Main Street Project and action on related resolut ..... 
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Work on South Broadway in Spring Valley is underway

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on June 11, 2012, and approved the first pay request to Elcor Construction Company of Rochester. $212,313.60 was approved for the South Broadway construction project. As the work proceeds this su ..... 
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