"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
- 8:53:21, Jul 28th 2015 - CARON - I wish I would have known Jeanie. I've thought of you and Janet often over t ... [Read More]
- 12:01:31, Jul 27th 2015 - What - "Dear Mr. Wentworth, My knowledge also comes from hiking throughout the Unit ... [Read More]
- 11:25:05, Jul 27th 2015 - LOLZ - I think we're done here. ... [Read More]
- 9:58:11, Jul 26th 2015 - Paul - Dear Mr. Wentworth, My knowledge also comes from hiking throughout the United ... [Read More]
- 2:04:57, Jul 25th 2015 - chris - Just like they didn't plant cougars, bear, wolves, wild turkeys and who knows ... [Read More]
- 7:20:23, Jul 25th 2015 - LOLZ - Maybe we won't get any snow next winter. Might as well worry about it in July ... [Read More]
- 6:22:03, Jul 22nd 2015 - Let's see - And the big piles they make in middle of roads that u have to drive up an ... [Read More]
- 10:55:05, Jul 21st 2015 - BareMinimum - Maybe now side streets can get plowed! Sick of the terrible condition ... [Read More]
- 10:03:19, Jul 20th 2015 - Kim Wentworth - @Paul and the song writer- forgot your spellcheck / the glaciers and ... [Read More]
- 8:42:34, Jul 19th 2015 - SV80 - Well said, Paul and livin' the dream. ... [Read More]
Fri, Dec 2nd, 2005
Posted in Commentary
Posted in Commentary
When I used to travel into the remote areas of southwest China in the 90s, it was common to meet villagers who would donate one day per month to work on public projects. In mountainous Yunnan Province, villagers would set off with their hoes, shovels and other odd implements to repair a road, unclog a drainage ditch or repair a cistern at a watering hole. The people took pride in this communal labor and, in areas where resources were tight, it might be the only way the work got done.
Well, the thought has occurred to me lately that this might be the only way we get Hwy 52 between Highway 16 East and West open this year - put out a call for able-bodied men and women to give a day of labor painting stripes and pounding in fence posts. Much of the new highway has sat idle waiting for signage, paint striping and other odds and ends to be done. On the section between County Road 12 near Preston and Hwy 16 East near Preston Equipment, almost nothing has been done the past few weeks, apart for some landscaping. Rumors abound of course: •The signs are back-ordered two weeks, or is it three? (The contractor supposedly forgot to order signs). •They can’t paint stripes because it has to be 58 degrees, or is it 40? (They will put down temporary stripes and re-do them in the spring). •The road is closed unless you’re local. (Which means that if you consider yourself local you have been using the road for some time now anyway). This would all be funny, if it weren’t for the inconvenience these delays are causing the public. It has been very costly to businesses along the Hwy 52 corridor who have dealt with detours for the past six months. And now with the holidays coming they must continue to wait for the road to officially open. Especially hurt are those business located between Hwy 16 West and Fountain who will have to endure a second year of construction next year as the project fell far short of completion. The decision to go from Preston to Fountain this year was the wrong one, something most old timers could have predicted. According to MnDOT, Ulland Brothers, the contractor on the project, faces up to $5000 a day in fines next spring, once the weight limits are lifted, for each day the project isn’t finished. But the most frustrating part about the delays has been the seemingly lack of urgency by MnDOT and Ulland Brothers to get the highway open and available to the public. Whenever they have been asked a question the answer has always been “in two weeks.” Well, the two weeks are long up. We all know the new road will be a great improvement once it gets open. But unlike ROC 52, which finished a year early, the Preston 52 project will take an extra year to get done. Right now the word is that the completed part of the road will officially open the week of December 12. Until then, just call it the road less traveled.