Project: P-PH 0019(31)73; PCN 025Z; Minnehaha & Lake Counties
Location: Project begins at Highway 38 junction in Humboldt and goes north 23.5 miles to the Highway 34 junction near Madison.
Improvement Type: Shoulder Widening, Grading, Asphalt Concrete Surfacing, Lighting and Culvert Replacement
What is Being Built:
For the Lake County portion, the project will be a full reconstruction that will include removing the in-place surface, regrading of the existing roadway, replacing culverts, surfacing of the roadway with gravel, and added lighting at the Highway 34 junction.
For the Minnehaha County portion, the project will consist of 11 miles of shoulder widening and 3 miles of full reconstruction. In the shoulder widening sections the in-place surfacing will not be removed, however, the shoulders will be widened to 8 feet. In the fully reconstructed areas, the in-place surfacing will be removed, the roadway regraded and surfaced with asphalt. Culverts will be replaced in both sections as well as lighting added at the junction of Highway 38.
The reconstruction of the roadway will provide improved site distances, improved drainage, improved roadway conditions, useable shoulders, and an all-around safer road.
Construction Update for 2014, (July 1, 2014)
The abundant amount of June rain has slowed work on the project making the Contractor a couple weeks behind schedule but they have made impressive strives the last couple of weeks and are looking to get back on pace.
Loiseau Construction Inc will continue shoulder widening operations in Minnehaha County from 246th St and proceed to the south. They currently have 2 miles of shoulder widening completed and ready to be graveled. Loiseau Construction is anticipating finishing 1 mile of shoulder widening every week.
The full regrading portion of the project is in full swing now and Loiseau Construction is currently working from just south of the county line north 2 miles to 242nd St.Â Loiseau Construction is anticipating finishing 1 mile of full reconstruction every 2 weeks and they are limited to 2 mile work zones at a time.
Currently, the majority of the project is closed to through traffic and access is only being maintained as much as possible for emergency vehicles, mail carriers, school busses and local traffic. The section of the project from 237th St (Walkers Point turn) to Highway 34 is currently open to all traffic as the contractor is not allowed to work in this area until after Labor Day. After Labor Day that section of roadway will be closed along with the rest of the project. A detour route is being provided along Highway 81 for non-local traffic.