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Crosslake council approves fiber expansion on County Road 3

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The Crosslake City Council unanimously approved Crosslake Communication’s fiber optic cable installation plan scheduled in conjunction with this summer’s reconstruction of County State Aid Highway 3 at a Monday, April 7, meeting.

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Crosslake Communcations operation manager Jared Johnson presented the company’s plans to the council at a second special meeting in as many weeks. He said the company has already begun digging in selected areas for the fiber installation, but will have to wait for snow to melt in other areas.

“You can’t put locate marks on snow because if it melts, you don’t know where you are,” Johnson said. “Three is a very shady road because it’s somewhat narrow, so we are monitoring the situation daily for when we feel we can really start.”

General manager Paul Hoge said Crow Wing County’s Highway Department plans to begin reconstruction Monday, April 14, and is aiming for completion by Aug. 29.

The County Road 3 project will stretch from County Road 37 to County Road 1 and will consist of grading, bituminous paving, horizontal and vertical alignment enhancements and drainage improvements. The rebuild will also improve sight distances in accordance with state standards. Driving lanes will be expanded to 12 feet wide with 8-foot shoulders, and turn and bypass lanes will be installed in areas with higher traffic volumes.

Hoge said the company’s project will be an expansion north of the existing fiber cables near the south end of County Road 36.

Johnson said some customers will be converted immediately to the new fiber as part of the project, while others will have to wait for the road reconstruction to be finished. By project’s end, all of the customers on that section of County Road 3 will be connected.

“We are using the road construction project as a vehicle to further the technological advances,” he said.

He said the company does expect minor outages as part of the project, but it’s a complicated project and they are working to minimize the impact to customers.

“We really appreciate all the consideration we’ve been given by all the citizens in Crosslake,” Johnson said.

Johnson and Hoge said this kind of project is nothing new for the company, as it typically is involved in one or more road construction projects each year in the city.

Chelsey Perkins can be reached at chelsey.perkins@pineandlakes.com. Follow her at facebook.com/PEJChelsey and on Twitter @PEJ_Chelsey.

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Chelsey Perkins
Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Perkins has interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before joining the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.
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