Construction Underway for Highway 210

By KBJR News 1

June 4, 2013 Updated Jun 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM CDT

Carlton, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Last June's devastating floods left behind plenty of damage along Highway 210 in Carlton County.

On Tuesday, the public got a better idea about how the state plans to fix it.

Construction began on Monday on Highway 210.

Minnesota Department of Transportation representatives answered the public's questions about the construction project.

MNDOT officials say the $2.9 million project will realign and reconstruct half a mile of highway along 210 through Jay Cooke State Park.

The project includes a new bridge on 210 which will include a bike lane, where the road collapsed during the flood.

One of the public's main concern about the project had to do with dust since part of Jay Cooke Road is gravel.

MinDOT provided some solution to combat the problem.

"Watering is one thing, but water dries out so it's kind of a short term solution there are different chemicals, calcium chloride, magnesium chloride are little more expensive but something that is typically used and lasts longer, it keeps the dust down," said MnDot Construction Resident Engineer Brian Larson.

The gravel portion of Jay Cooke Road will be signed for 30 mph, whihc will be maintained by this project or as part of Minnesota Power Company's work.

Representatives from Minnesota Power were also at the meeting.

The company will be updating their hydro power plant this summer which is along Highway 210 at the same time as the construction, which will add to traffic congestion.

MnDot officals hope to have the project wrapped up by the end of October.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.