Project: P-PH 0019(31)73; PCN 025Z; Minnehaha & Lake Counties
Location: Project begins at the Highway 38 junction in Humboldt and goes north 23.5 miles to the Highway 34 junction near Madison.
Improvement Type: Shoulder Widening, Grading, Asphalt Concrete Surfacing, Lighting and Culvert Replacement
What is Being Built:
For the Lake County portion, the project will be a full reconstruction that will include removing the in-place surface, regrading of the existing roadway, replacing culverts, surfacing of the roadway with gravel, and added lighting at the Highway 34 junction.
For the Minnehaha County portion, the project will consist of 11 miles of shoulder widening and 3 miles of full reconstruction. In the shoulder widening sections the in-place surfacing will not be removed, however, the shoulders will be widened to 8 feet. In the fully reconstructed areas, the in-place surfacing will be removed, the roadway regraded and surfaced with asphalt. Culverts will be replaced in both sections as well as lighting added at the junction of Highway 38.
The reconstruction of the roadway will provide improved site distances, improved drainage, improved roadway conditions, useable shoulders, and an all-around safer road.
Construction Update for 2014, (Aug. 29, 2014)
Loiseau Construction is making good progress on the project despite the rains in August. Loiseau is still anticipating finishing construction this year but that will depend on what this fall brings for weather.
In Minnehaha County Loiseau Construction Inc is currently conducting shoulder widening operations between 250th St and 252nd St. Loiseau Construction currently has 5 miles of shoulder widening completed on the project and is anticipating finishing 1 mile of shoulder widening every week.
In Lake County the full regrading portion of the project is in full swing and Loiseau Construction is currently working between 237th St and 239th St. Loiseau Construction currently has 7 miles of full reconstruction completed on the project and is anticipating finishing 1 mile of full reconstruction every 2 weeks.
Currently the majority of the project is closed to through traffic, and access is only being maintained as much as possible for emergency vehicles, mail carriers, school busses, and local traffic. The section of the project from 237th St (Walkers Point turn) to Hwy 34 will be closed September 2, 2014 after Labor Day along with the rest of the project. A detour route is being provided along Highway 81 for non-local traffic.