The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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April 6, 2013

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



The center portion of the project probably will come last and probably won’t be wrapped up until next year.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation already has provided just less than $11.4 million for the reconstruction — turn-back funding provided in exchange for the county taking over responsibility for future maintenance. But Forsberg said the bids are likely to come in higher than that early next month because MnDOT’s funding doesn’t account for the additional lanes on the project’s west side, the bike trail and some other work planned for the side streets along the route.

When it’s completed, Forsberg said the new County Road 17 will be a significant improvement in the local transportation network — making for a safer road and serving the eastward expansion of Mankato’s primary retail/commercial area.

“It’s going to be a great investment in the area’s infrastructure,”  he said. “It will provide a good modern link between these two cities.”

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