3/8/2013 1:27:00 PM Hwy. 19 CF to Nfld. pave job bid at $4.18 million
by Ken Haggerty
Highway 19 from the stoplights in downtown Cannon Falls to the Cannon River in Northfield will see the top three inches of pavement milled and overlayed with new bituminous asphalt in a MnDOT project anticipated to begin in August. The project is planned to be complete by October, 2013.
Crane Creek Asphalt, Faribault, a division of Mathy Costruction, Owatonna, was awarded the project with a low bid of $4,183,427. Also bidding were Hardrives, Knife River, Valley Paving, McNamara, and Bituminous Roadway.
The project will not be as extensive a rebuild as the Red Wing to Cannon Falls Hwy. 19 project completed last summer, but a two to three week detour using MN Hwy. 20, Dakota County 88, Dakota County 47 and MN Hwy. 3 is anticipated when five culverts and some storm sewers are replaced.
The plan calls for wider shoulders in some rural sections west of Cannon Falls and some improved turn-lanes at some rural intersections.
Minnesota Highway 56 from Kenyon to Randolph is also scheduled for work this summer and the timing of that job may influence some detours as the two jobs cross paths near Stanton. That job is yet to be awarded.
In addition to the pavement work, mandated Americans with Disabilities Act improvements are planned in the city of Cannon Falls. During a briefing on the project at a February 28 CF Chamber of Commerce breakfast, MnDOT's Richard Augustine was questioned on the impact four-foot semicircular curb bump-outs at the main downtown intersection, designed to meet wheelchair grade specifications, will have on what is an already difficult turn for large trucks. Augustine said even with the extended curbs, trucks should be able to make the turn, but will have to utilize all of the available space and may end up rolling over the bump-outs.
Augustine said no parking spaces will be lost in the curb re-do.
Police Chief Jeff McCormick asked that extra signage or striping be incorporated in the plan to make clear there is not a third inside lane at the intersection for right-hand turns in front of Cannon Realty and 4th & Main Fabrics.
Augustine was also questioned by the Chamber of Commerce audience why MnDOT is not incorporating a new crosswalk in the design somewhere by the ballpark, the park and ride lot or EconoFoods to accommodate pedestrian and bike traffic, especially with the increased population at the Twin Rivers Senior Campus.
Augustine said MnDOT is hesitant to put in crosswalks at an intersection that is not a defined main intersection or destination.
Chamber members also questioned why not complete the resurfacing of Hwy. 19 from the downtown lights to where the project stopped last summer by the school, which is among the most worn and heavily traveled segments of Hwy. 19 in Cannon Falls. Augustine said that segment was redone about ten years ago and is considered too new to repave.
Questions were also raised about the wisdom of having stand-alone poles for walk/don't walk push buttons at the main downtown intersection. They also questioned the wisdom of having push button activated walk signals rather than just having the walk command come on automatically with a change to green. Augustine said the pedestrian activated signals are a standard design.