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Goodhue County Board briefs

MnDOT explains 52/9 interchange funding

Minnesota Department of Transportation representatives gave board members a more detailed explanation of where funding for the Highway 52 and County Road 9 interchange will come from, and gave an update on the construction timeline Monday..

A majority of the $1.8 million pledged by the county will go toward paying engineering costs, MnDOT project manager Heather Lukes said. Lukes added that most of the funding for the interchange comes from state bonding money and unused funds set aside for other road projects.

MnDOT also announced a pair of stop signs have been removed from the design, which should make it easier for large vehicles to merge onto Highway 52.

MnDOT's goal is to award the build contract by mid-December and begin construction next spring, Lukes said.

Board approves Public Works staff changes

The board gave approval for staff to begin contract negotiations with a candidate to fill the vacant deputy director of Public Works position, in hopes a decision can be made this summer.

The board also approved a resignation request by a county heavy equipment operator.

In other news...

• Cannon Valley Fair committee member Mike Daniels thanked county commissioners for returning to the fairgrounds to hold the County Board meeting.

Daniels also commended the Sentence to Service program for helping get the fair ready.

"There was a lot of work to get done," Daniels said.

Meeting watch

Monday's County Board meeting lasted 45 minutes, and was held at the Cannon Valley Fairgrounds in Cannon Falls. All board members were present.

-- Compiled by Michael Brun, staff writer

Michael Brun

Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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