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Minnesota 91, U.S. 59 on state schedule for overlays

WORTHINGTON -- It's a relatively quiet year in Nobles County for projects spearheaded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, but the agency's 10-year outlook calls for construction crews to lead several different projects in the county in...

WORTHINGTON - It’s a relatively quiet year in Nobles County for projects spearheaded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, but the agency’s 10-year outlook calls for construction crews to lead several different projects in the county in coming years.

During a presentation to county commissioners on Tuesday, MnDOT District 7 Engineer Greg Ous and State Aid Engineer Gordon Regenscheid spoke of plans to resurface roads and replace bridges.

The only MnDOT-led project in the county this summer is the addition of median cable guardrail along Interstate 90 between Worthington and the South Dakota state line.

In 2019, Minnesota 91 from Adrian north to the Nobles-Murray County line is slated for a mill and overlay in 2019, at an estimated cost of $10 million.

Within the next five years, Ous said the state plans to replace the I-90 bridges between Adrian and Minnesota 264. The first bridge replacement will be at Adrian, slated for 2021 at a cost of $3 million. Eight additional bridges along the interstate are slated for replacement in 2025.

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Ous also told commissioners a heavy mill and overlay for U.S. 59, from Worthington northward to not quite the Nobles-Murray County line, has been added to the state’s Capital Highway Investment Plan for 2027.

All of the projects are subject to change, based on funding and needs.

“The 2017 legislature provided for additional bonding for 2018-2021, which was significant,” Ous said, adding that there remains a $600 million deficit to meet the needs for aging infrastructure.

“We’re grateful for those funds … to put longer life pavement on highways like 60,” he said.

In other action, the board:

  • Approved payments of $19,053.20 to Gag Sheet Metal for work completed on the 2018 Public Works reroofing project; $3,151.43 for work completed on the government center air handling unit; and $18.250 to Reitmeier Masonry for work completed on the Prairie Justice Center through wall flashing project.
  • Approved a five-year property tax abatement through the Nobles Home Initiative for Brad and Jen Lonneman to construct a new home at 26617 Cory Ave., Adrian.
  • Approved a 10-year, 50 percent tax abatement for Lyndon Drenth, Ellsworth, to construct a commercial building to be leased and occupied by Sanford Clinic at 201 Maine Ave., Adrian.
  • Approved a request from Lismore Telephone for the creation of a new driveway along Nobles County 71 on the north side of Lismore to access property where it plans to build a new cold storage facility.
  • Approved a request to close Nobles County State Aid Highway 27 in Rushmore, pending proof of insurance, from noon to 9 p.m. July 14 for the Rushmore Show and Shine car show.
  • Approved a conditional use permit for Terry Pigman to construct and operate a mini-storage facility in Section 3, Bigelow Township.
  • Approved the hiring of a temporary employee in the Nobles County Auditor’s Office to assist with preparations for the August primary election. Auditor-Treasurer Beth Van Hove said that with the school district conducting another referendum vote with the Primary, there will not be proper staffing to deal with the volume.

“Normally, primary elections are low volume,” Van Hove said. “We had 400 (voters) the last time. We’re now anticipating about 1,500 absentee voters.”
Van Hove said her office was overwhelmed with the school bond referendum vote in February.

The temporary employee is one of four that will be hired to assist with elections - one new employee starts this week, one will start in July, one in August and one in September. The temporary position is for 67 days of employment.

The fourth temporary employee will cost the county $6,432.

Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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