Last Wednesday, MnDOT held a public meeting at the Hinckley City Hall community room to discuss the Highway 48 construction project. The project is set to start on September 11, 2017 and last until approximately October 27, 2017.
According to project manager Doug Kerfeld, the improvements include new pavement surface (mill and overlay) from the southbound Interstate 35 ramp, and a small amount of subcut near Morris Avenue. Also included in the project will be new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant pedestrian curbs, ramps and sidewalks and improvements to the five sets of stoplights on Highway 48 between the southbound I-35 ramp and Lady Luck Drive.
What to expect during construction
MnDOT plans to work only on weekdays, during daylight hours. MnDOT warns drivers to expect temporary lane closures while traffic is shifted onto the turn lanes and shoulders while the work is being completed. Some driveways and sidewalks may also be affected.
Northland Constructors of Duluth is the contractor for the seven-week project and the estimated cost of the project is $1,836,000.
During this project, the City of Hinckley will have Weber Avenue shut down for a couple of days at a time for sewer repair.