by Mike Knaak
The major work on resurfacing CR 75 will be delayed until the summer of 2019, Stearns County Engineer Jodi Teich told county commissioners on June 5.
The county is still waiting for federal approval to advertise for bids on the $10 million project. The delay means work would not be able to start until August at the earliest.
“With the late start, we don’t want to disrupt up to 30,000 vehicles a day for two seasons,” Teich said.
As a result, the preparation work along the six-mile project will be done this summer, but the major resurfacing that involves limiting traffic to one lane in each direction won’t happen until 2019.
Plans call for a new road surface as well as safety and drainage improvements from just west of St. Joseph at Collegeville Road through the city to the 15th Avenue/CR 81 intersection in Waite Park.