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Goodhue County construction projects move forward

Road construction season will be back this year in Goodhue County.

The County Board approved its planned 2011 construction schedule at its meeting Tuesday. There are eight projects on the docket for 2011, adding up to a $7.3 million price tag.

The board also added a new construction project for 2012. The county will join the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Kenyon officials to make improvements on Highway 12 in the city.

"It's a good opportunity to work with a state agency and the city to do a project that would be very difficult to do on its own," said Greg Isakson, Goodhue County Public Works directo.

MnDOT plans to reconstruct part of Highway 56, and the county will fold in its project -- reconstructing a short portion of Highway 12 between Highway 56 and Pearl Creek. The county plans to use the same designer and construction crews as MnDOT and work in the same timeframe, which will mean a more cohesive design and a more efficient project, Isakson said.

Commissioner Dan Rechtzigel, whose district includes Kenyon, said the area is a concern for many residents and needs improvement.

A recently funded Cannon Falls project was added to the plan for 2013 at the meeting also. The county has agreed to contribute $4 million to the $27 million project eliminating traffic lights and creating an interchange at Highway 52 and Goodhue County Highway 24 in Cannon Falls.

Funding for the 2011 projects will come from a combination of federal and state funding, county money already budgeted and bonding for $3.6 million.

The county will need to bond for a total of $9.2 million from 2011 to 2014 if all projects continue as planned.

Commissioner Ron Allen said he was happy that this number hadn't "ballooned" above $10 million, especially with the addition of the Cannon Falls and Kenyon projects.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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