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Work on CSAH 77 could begin soon

Work could begin in about a week to rebuild and repave Cass County State Aid Highway 77 in Lake Shore. PineandLakes.com / Google maps

Work could begin in about a week to rebuild and repave Cass County State Aid Highway 77 in Lake Shore.

Cass County commissioners on Thursday, July 6, accepted the lowest bid of eight submitted. It came from Tom's Backhoe Services Inc. at $5,323,114.14. The Lake Shore City Council approved the award earlier.

The project still needs Minnesota Department of Transportation approval, which County Engineer Darrick Anderson said could take about two weeks.

Engineering estimates for the project ran $6,500,000, about midway between the low bid and the highest bid, which was $7,731,051.79.

The county board approved the final payment July 6 for tree clearing, which was done this spring along CSAH 77 to avoid a conflict with nesting long-eared bats and other wildlife.

Work will be done in four one-mile stages, Anderson said. It is expected to take two construction seasons to complete.

The 3.8-mile project on CSAH 77, also known as Interlachen Road, will include a pedestrian/bike trail. Reconstruction will stretch from the CSAH 77-78 intersection near Bar Harbor on the north end of Gull Lake to the southern city limits near Sandy Point Road.

CSAH 77 will get new pavement, shoulders widened to 6-6 ½ feet with a combination of rural shoulder and curb and gutter, and numerous improvements to drainage and runoff. The trail from CSAH 78 to Sherwood Forest will be along the wider shoulder, and from Sherwood Forest to the southern city limits (Sandy Point Road) the trail be will be off-road.

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