Road Construction To Start on Highway 95

Friday, May 22nd, 2009 at 5:23 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and expect delays as work begins June 1 on a ten-mile stretch of Highway 95 from Isanti County Highway 2 east of Cambridge to the Isanti/Chisago county line.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the contractor will work off-the-road to prepare the construction site during the first week. Crews will haul in equipment, clear areas and begin work on culverts.

Work will increase the week of June 8 as crews begin to mill, or grind off, the existing roadbed and lay a new blacktop road surface, including shoulders. The crews will also construct new turn-lanes, repair or replace culverts and guardrails and replace bridge.

During paving operations traffic will be single-lane through the work zone and controlled by a pilot car and flaggers. All work will be done Monday through Friday during daylight hours and occasionally on Saturday.

Highway 95 will be closed to through traffic from Isanti County Highway 2 to Isanti County Highway 21 east of Cambridge to replace a box culvert at a stream between Skogman Lake and Fannie Lake. The nine-mile detour will be on Stark Road and Cedar Crest Trail (Isanti and Chisago county roads).

Motorists are reminded to obey all traffic signs and personnel, and never go through areas that are closed off with barricades.

Hardrives Inc. of Rogers is the prime contractor for the $2.6 million road preservation project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed into law Feb. 17, 2009.

The entire project is anticipated to be complete by early July. For updated statewide traffic, construction, weather, and travel information visit www.511mn.org.

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