As the academic year gets underway for area schools, it seems that everyone’s schedule gets busier, including the Carver County Board. At its Aug. 20 session, the board discussed multiple construction projects and created a few new positions within the county.
Within the Community Social Services Department, a Case Aid position was deleted in favor of a Case Management Associate II position, which will be filled by current incumbent Barb Wachman. Also in that department, a program assistant position was deleted, to be replaced by a recreation therapist.
In construction news, the bid for the bridge in Carver on County State Aid Highway 43 was awarded. The bridge itself is a 1962 timber structure with a structural rating of 49, meaning it is structurally deficient. The project, which requires 27 working days, 21 of which would fully close the bridge, has been a concern to local residents because it would overlap with the current CSAH 41 bridge project in the same area, possibly hindering emergency services and the harvest.
The lowest bid not only got the county the best price for the project, but also avoided construction overlaps between CSAH 43 and 41. The bid, for $783,722.95 was awarded to Minger Construction, Inc. for June of 2014.
All detours and traffic will be open by July 4, 2014 with all construction occurring between June 2 and July 18.
Public Works Director and Highway Engineer Lyndon Robjent assured the board that delaying the project until next summer does not put the public at risk by continuing to use the CSAH 43 bridge until then.
“I would say we’re fine,” Robjent said at the Aug. 20 meeting, emphasizing that the bridge will surely last until next spring/summer’s construction season.
Also at the meeting, a resolution was approved requesting 2014 State Capital Appropriations for the Southwest Reconnection Project in the amount of $16,500.
The Southwest Reconnection Project is the 101 bridge between Chanhassen and Shakopee over the Minnesota River and the CSAH 61 “Y” intersection. When the Minnesota River floods, traffic is disrupted throughout the area on 101, 41, and 61. In spring of 2011, Highway 101 was closed for more than 40 days due to flooding.
The bridge itself will cost approximately $40 million, but the latest layout shows a 4-lane 4,100-foot bridge with a trail that is above the 100-year floodplain. In addition, four-lane roundabouts will be constructed at CSAH 61. The project is slated for 2014 and Highway 101 is expected to remain open during construction, as the new bridge will be build adjacent to the current crossing.
This reconnection is a joint project between the cities of Eden Prairie, Chanhassen, and Shakopee, as well as Carver and Scott counties.
Lastly on Aug. 20, a utility easement agreement was approved for the Union Pacific Railroad corridor in Chaska. The five-mile stretch extends from United Sugars in Chaska, across the Minnesota River at Carver, and south into Scott County.
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