7/10/2013 10:59:00 AM Spring 2014 start for Hwy. 9 overpass
by Paul Martin
"Our goal is to start building the Hwy 9 overpass on Hwy 52 next Spring," MnDOT (Minnesota Department of Transportation) representatives told the Goodhue County Board at its July 1 meeting. "Weather permitting, it should be completed by Fall 2014." Board Members expressed gratitude to MnDOT for responding to County concerns, and showed relief that the dangerous intersection will at last be improved and made safer. They also thanked MnDOT for listening to residents and including an acceleration lane for traffic joining Hwy 52.
Goodhue County applied in April to have the junction included in a new State program called CIMS (Corridor Investment Management Strategy), which made $30 million available for improvements to major traffic "corridors" in Minnesota. In the end, however, MnDOT found other "pots" from which to fund the project. All the money will come from State and County funds. The County's share will be 20%, which will be about $2.1 million. No Federal funds were used because of the complexities and long delays involved in any application process.
Cannon Valley Fair
The Board was paying its annual visit to the Cannon Valley Fair. Commissioner Richard Samuelson thanked the Fair Board for their welcome. Fair Board Chair Mike Daniels responded that the Fair Board is most happy to welcome the County Board. "We are very glad there is no 105º heat like last year!" he said. Daniels also gave high praise to the Sentence to Serve teams. "Rodney, John and the boys have done outstanding work in helping us prepare for the fair, as usual," he said.
The Board will visit the County Fair in Zumbrota on August 8. Just before that, on August 6, there will be a follow-up Public Hearing on the County Mining Ordinance, approved on June 18. This Hearing will give the public the chance to speak out on whether the current Moratorium on industrial-scale Silica Sand Mining should be renewed for a third year from September. It will be in the Government Center in Red Wing at 10 a.m.
New Road Numbers in
Prepare to see changes in the county road numbers in Cannon Falls as new roads are built this summer. In separate motions, the Board voted to number the new SE Collector Road being built to link the new Hwy 52 overpass to the new Mayo Medical Center, Hwy 25 and (in 2016) Hwy 19 as County Hwy 24; to remove the Hwy 24 number from the road from the northern traffic light past Ferndale Market to the new link road west of Hwy 52; and to number 4th Street South as far as the new Hwy 24 as a new County Hwy 20.
New Deputy Director
for Public Works
The board pushed forward the search for a new Deputy Director of Public Works. The person sought will be a qualified engineer, and will succeed Ken Bjornstad, who is retiring after many years of service.
Sheryl and Llewellyn Williams were given a Permit to operate a small Educational Farm Retreat on their farm at the junction of County 32 Blvd and Hwy 61 in Welch Township.