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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 be finished in early Fall of 2013.

Mike Hyland, of Hyland Motor Company, attended the open house because the business is located on Highway 16 in Spring Valley. Mike said there are many reasons he is concerned due to the fact that they drive big heavy equipment and road construction will be taking place during haying season. Mike is also worried about customers being able to get to Hyland Motor Company during road construction.

Other road construction will be taking place in the area at the same time. Highway 52 to Lanesboro will have mill and overlay done, and Highway 16 from Lanesboro to Rushford will also have improvements made. Highway 16 from Lanesboro to Rushford may be an alternate plan and could be either blacktop or concrete.

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