by Mike Knaak
The rebuilding of CR 75 is on schedule and Stearns County officials expect the major work to be done in time for the Fourth of July events in St. Joseph.
Crews are paving the eastbound lanes this week and in about three weeks, repaving will begin on the westbound lanes, according to Jeff Miller, assistant county engineer.
The $11-million project runs from west of St. Joseph to 15th Avenue/CR 81 in Waite Park. Plans call for a new road surface as well as safety and drainage improvements along the 5.7-mile stretch of the four-lane divided highway.
During construction, traffic is limited to one lane in each direction.
Paving has started on the 28th Avenue intersection in Waite Park and the intersection is closed for southbound turns from CR 75.
The speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph in the construction zone. Drivers need to observe poles and dividers separating the traffic lanes and use caution, Miller said, and he suggests drivers choose alternate routes around the road work.
Updates on the project are available online and drivers can sign up for email updates.