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CSAH 36 to see redevelopment

Plans are in the works for reconstruction work on County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 36 in Crosslake from CSAH 37 to County Road 114.

One of the main aspects of the reconstruction is sight distance on the road, said Luke Wehseler, project manager and senior engineer for the Crow Wing County Highway Department.

One of the ways better sight distance will be achieved is by changing the main curves on the road, mostly around Velvet Lake, to make them more gradual.

Crow Wing County held a public open house Tuesday night, March 26, at Crosslake City Hall, and Wehseler said around 30 people attended.

The county displayed two potential plans for the road, both of which can be viewed on the county’s website,, under the engineering section of the highway department tab.

Wehseler explained that one plan, Alternative A, changes the curve around the north end of the lake so it’s one steady curve. Currently, the road curves, straightens out and curves again.

He said this seemed to be the most popular plan, possibly because it expands right-of-way away from the lake, requiring property acquisition for the most part only from the north side of the road.

Property acquisition is necessary as the road is moving from a 55-foot right-of-way to a 100-foot right-of-way. Alternative A also uses tax-forfeited property to ease the curve on the west side of the lake.

The second plan, Alternative B, widens the road on both sides. It keeps a similar path for the road’s current curve around the lake, curving, then straightening out and then curving again. Wehseler said this plan was less favored by the residents at the meeting. Alternative B is also less expensive than Alternative A.

Wehseler said the county will also look into easing the vertical curvature of the road.

He said the county’s next step is to go to the Crosslake City Council and Fairfield Township for resolutions of support for the project. Crosslake may opt for an extra two feet of shoulder on the portion of the road within the city, to bring it to eight feet in width, which the city would have to pay for.

The majority of the funding for the project, Wehseler said, is federal.