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Cass County: Board approves road pavement projects

Cass County Engineer David Enblom obtained county board approval Tuesday, April 12, to patch several paved roads this summer to prolong the life of those roads.

Cass County Engineer David Enblom obtained county board approval Tuesday, April 12, to patch several paved roads this summer to prolong the life of those roads.

Patches on these roads will range in length from 10 feet to close to 1,400 feet. Also approved was paving for the driveway at the new county highway garage being built this summer at Pine River.

Roads scheduled for the patches include County State Aid Highway 1 near Pillager Lake and east of Pine River, CSAH 18 in East Gull Lake city limits, County Road 104 near Casino and CR 114 and CR 171 near Pine River.

Reimbursement paid back to the county for storm damage cleanup last year and a 2016 state highway aid increase will cover these paving repairs this summer, Enblom said.

The patches are expected to cost about $350,000

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Routine road maintenance work the county plans to do this summer will include calcium chloride treatment on some heavily traveled gravel roads, lane striping on some paved roads, crack sealing and roadside mowing and spraying.

The county adds new gravel to gravel roads on about a five-year rotation. Roads scheduled for new gravel this summer are CSAH 42 and 46 and CR 118, CR 119, CR 120 and CR 173 (Deep Portage).

Paving construction projects Cass plans for this summer are CSAH 1 from CSAH 24 to CR 107 and by Pillager Lake, CSAH 24 from Highway 64 to CSAH 1, CSAH 75 from Highway 2 to the county line, CSAH 78, CSAH 29 from CSAH 78 to the county line, Municipal State Aid Highway 205 in Walker, CR 107, CR 116 from Highway 87 to Highway 371 and CR 150 from CSAH 75 to the county line.

New equipment the highway department plans to purchase this year includes one motor grader with a packer, two tandem trucks with plows, two loader backhoes, two shop trailers and a boom mower attachment.

Enblom told the county board he will seek to purchase a packer for all new graders, because it is proving cost effective to keep gravel from blowing off roads, especially those not treated with chloride.

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