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April 6, 2013

One of county's biggest road projects should start this month



That’s expected to cause major disruption in Eagle Lake, but the county has agreed to split the work in the town of 2,400 into two parts with the contractor focusing first on the primary commercial area, said City Administrator Sack Thongvanh. That initial stage stretches from Agency Street through downtown Eagle Lake to City Hall and will include the addition of curb and gutter, storm sewers and decorative downtown street lighting.

“That should be completed by the start of school,” Thongvanh said. “They just wanted to make sure that the part with the main traffic would be completed by the start of the school year.”

The remaining Eagle Lake portion of the upgrade on the city’s west side will include a roundabout at the intersection of 598th Street and County Road 17 (called Parkway Avenue in Eagle Lake) on the city’s western edge. That work is slated to be completed by Nov. 1.

The city’s cost for the project is just $88,200, and the bulk of that reflects extras requested by the city, including new water and sewer extensions crossing Parkway and some expenses related to the new street lighting.

The project also brings a new trail through the city and along the north side of the road all the way to Mankato, where it will provide access to the broader trail system in the Mankato area.

Forsberg said the trail idea makes sense with the towns sharing a school district, many Eagle Lake residents working in the Mankato and the increasingly close economic connection.

“There was quite strong support for it from the beginning,” he said. “We see the two cities growing together. It’s planned that way, it’s zoned that way.”

Construction equipment also will be out in force on the Mankato side later in the spring, focused on the reconstruction of the existing two lanes and the addition of two more all the way to the recently extended County Road 12. A roundabout at that intersection and another at Carver Road are slated to be put in place this construction season, as well.

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