It's Crookston's turn to utilize the funding.
If you thought that, with the calendar turning to September, the 2013 summer road construction season was pretty much wrapping up in Crookston, think again.
It's the City of Crookston's turn this year, you see, to take advantage of a federal allocation of street improvement funding, and the bulk of the work in town is set to commence next week and continue until hopefully wrapping up around Oct. 18.
That's the word from Rich Clauson, engineer with Widseth Smith Nolting & Associates.
Every year, he explained, the cities of Crookston, East Grand Forks, Thief River Falls and Bemidji receive a federal allotment of funds earmarked for street work. "Years ago, we used to take it and divide it by four, but eventually everyone got together and said that's really not a lot of money when you break it down like that," Clauson explained. "So everyone decided to take turns using the full allotment. This time around it's our turn."
This year's funding totals around $740,000. For Crookston's projects, Knife River Materials is the general contractor, with subcontractor Paras Contracting handling the concrete work.
The city determined that it had a sufficient number of needed projects to utilize all of the money. Interim City Administrator/Public Works Director Pat Kelly said that, from time to time, if one of the four cities has a major project shovel-ready and the city in line to receive that year's federal allocation has less pressing needs, some funding might be swapped. That's not happening this year, however.
Here's what's on tap to happen in Crookston in the coming weeks:
• Around mid-week next week pedestrian ramp improvements will begin on Woodland Avenue and Minnesota Street
• Woodland Ave. will be repaved from Sargent Street to Minnesota St., and Minnesota St. across Woodland Ave. to a point around halfway up the hill will also be repaved.
• Old Highway 75 will receive a mill and overlay from South Main to Third Ave. SW. Third Ave. SW will receive a mill and overlay from South Front Street to Bruce Street.
• The turn lane will be constructed at Crookston Sports Center.
Clauson said motorists need to drive carefully and be aware of the work taking place around them, but he added the headaches will be minimized somewhat because the work will be done sort of in phases, with Paras Contracting doing the concrete work first, but the milling and paving not commencing for a couple of weeks. Likely the biggest inconvenience for motorists, he said, will be when work takes place on the approaches on the South Main bridge.
Clauson said people will notice traffic control signage being put in place early next week.