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Lake Shore: CSAH 77 improvement work resumes - Businesses open, accessible

Stage 1, May-July: County Road 78 (Bar Harbor) to Robinhood Way.

Improvement work on County State Aid Highway 77 - or Interlachen Road - through Lake Shore resumed this week, but businesses remain accessible.

The area from County Road 78 near Bar Harbor to Robinhood Way is now closed to through traffic, but business and residential access is still allowed, according to a news release from WSB & Associates, the project engineer.

Businesses are open, and motorists are asked to pay attention to signs for business access and for county roads and city streets that can be used as alternate routes.

The 4-mile, $5.58 million project started last year and is set to be done in four stages, each approximately 1 mile long, with completion anticipated late this fall.

• Stage 1, May-July: County Road 78 (Bar Harbor) to Robinhood Way.

• Stage 2, July-end of August: Robinhood Way to Lincoln Green (Sherwood Forest).

• Stage 3, late August-October: Lincoln Green to Agate Lake Road (Gull Lake Motel).

• Final surfacing (second blacktop lift) and striping on stages 1-3: In the fall.

• Stage 4: Agate Lake Road to Sandy Point Road (southern city limits) was started last fall with completion scheduled this year.

Tom's Backhoe, the contractor, will work on one stage at a time, or until the stage being worked on is at least complete with curb and gutter and the gravel surface to handle traffic. Tom's Backhoe plans to work consecutively from north to south.

Coinciding with the work on Stage 1 will be the reconstruction of the Bishop's Landing roadway, along with finishing the trail work and driveway work south of Agate Lake Road to Sandy Point Road.

The surcharge repair area just north of Pebble Beach Road will remain gravel for the summer as this continues to settle, and is planned now to be completed with Stage 3 in the fall.

Traffic in the work zone

Anyone traveling on CSAH 77 is asked to proceed with caution. While the speed limit is 35 mph, slower will be better when crews are in the work zone, WSB & Associates said.

"Let's be safe, share the road, and we appreciate your cooperation," the news release said.

More information

For more information, contact Steve Merten, project superintendent, of Tom's Backhoe, at 702-250-7156; Terrell, project foreman, of Tom's Backhoe, at 218-821-0143; or Ron Bray, WSB project manager, at 612-360-1280 or

The project website at is being updated to incorporate construction information. Also visit the Cass County website at .

The overall project goal is "to improve the safety for all users of CSAH 77, while preserving the character and visual attractiveness of the corridor." Road improvements include 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.

An on-road pedestrian/bike trail from Sherwood Forest to CSAH 78 (Bar Harbor) is being constructed on the wider paved shoulders, and from Sherwood Forest to the southern city limits (Sandy Point Road) the trail be will be both on and off the road for about 2.25 miles.