In addition to Highway 2 repairs, underpass will get a new pump station.

    In the recently released $1 billion-plus list of road and highway projects the Minnesota Department of Transportation has planned across the state later this year, almost $1 million in projects is on tap for Crookston.

    Previously reported in the Times is the repair of concrete slabs and joints in both the east and westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 2 from the east entrance into Crookston to Groveland Avenue. But the list includes a cost estimate, which is $717,000.

    As for the other Crookston project, it involves the pump station MnDOT will install at 5th Street and North Front Street, near the West Sixth Street railroad underpass. Public Works Director Pat Kelly tells the Times that two storm sewer lines that drain the underpass will be combined into one structure with one gate valve. The pump unit will be similar to dike pumps around town, he said, which run using a power take-off unit.

    The project is tentatively slated for September and is expected to cost around $250,000.

    Other projects of note in the region include:
    • Pedestrian accessibility improvements on the Sorlie Bridge in East Grand Forks, with a cost of $300,000. On tap for September, it’s expected to result in a traffic detour lasting about a week.
    • 14 miles of Minnesota Highway 9 from Ada to the Norman/Polk county line will be resurfaced, at a cost of just over $5 million. The work will continue from June to September, and traffic will be detoured.