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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • CHRISTOPHERSON EDITORIAL: You can argue if Highway 2 work is necessary, but you can't argue that it's a smooth ride

  • “Your tax dollars at work,” the casual observer might say. That phrase came to mind a couple weeks ago, as someone who has to drive on Crookston's East Robert Street (U.S. Highway 2) back and forth every day was more than a bit fed up with all the construction barriers, tight lanes, flag holders, concre...
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  •    “Your tax dollars at work.”
        How many times have you heard someone utter that phrase, with more than a hint of sarcasm?
        Maybe a person comes across a bunch of city employees in some town somewhere, and one of them appears to be working around a manhole or a storm drain, or maybe they’re cutting some tree limbs, and a bunch of other employees appear to be doing little more than observing. And yet, of course, they’re all on the clock, getting paid.
        “Your tax dollars at work,” the casual observer might say.
        That phrase came to mind a couple weeks ago, as someone who has to drive on Crookston’s East Robert Street (U.S. Highway 2) back and forth every day was more than a bit fed up with all the construction barriers, tight lanes, flag holders, concrete dust, concrete saws, jackhammers, loud noises and everything else that comes with the almost-$2 million Minnesota Department of Transportation improvement of U.S. Highway 2 Crookston this summer. “Why are they even DOING this?” the woman wondered with a fair amount of exasperation in her voice. “They just built this road!”
        The truth is, time flies, and they didn’t “just build this road.” In Crookston, U.S. Highway 2 was entirely rebuilt in multiple phases several years back, but roads, like buildings, age, and after a while they need to be spruced up. That’s why the decision-makers took a look at U.S. Highway 2 here and figured it could use some attention.
        Enter Interstate Improvement, the contractor that is doing the work on Crookston’s primary artery through town. By their name alone, it would seem as though they know what they’re doing, and now that the first phase of work, from the Robert Street Bridge to near the Polk County Museum is essentially finished, the impact of the project is apparent. It just might be the smoothest ride around, that section of Robert Street. Now, Interstate Improvement is working on Sixth Street to Memorial Drive, and after that will come repairs to Main and Broadway. When it’s all said and done, U.S. Highway 2 through most of Crookston is going to be practically brand new.
        Your tax dollars at work? You bet.

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