NELSON, MN – The reconstruction of County Road 9 between County Road 20 and the city of Nelson will begin Thursday, September 5. Only local traffic will be allowed access during this construction which will be north of the city of Nelson. Motorists will be able to access downtown Nelson from County Road 82.
The first operation will be to grind the existing asphalt surface. This material will be salvaged and used as a temporary gravel surface while the grading work progresses. Work will begin at County Road 20 and progress to the east and south towards Nelson.
This project will improve the curve at Crooked Lake Road, the intersection with CR 73 and provide better sight lines and wider shoulders for increased safety. The road grade will be re-constructed and gravel surfacing placed this fall. The road will remain gravel through winter to allow for settlement before paving. The initial paving will be placed during the summer of 2020 with the final paving scheduled for the summer of 2021. A detour will be set up on County Roads 20, 46, 82 and State Highway 29.
Riley Bros. Construction of Morris is the contractor on the $1.8 million project. Work is expected to be completed by mid-November, weather permitting. Funding for this project is from the local option sales tax for transportation, adopted by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners in 2014.
“We understand the inconvenience this road construction presents,” said County Engineer and Public Works Director Dave Robley. “We appreciate everyone’s patience during the project. The newly constructed roadway will be a significant improvement for motorists.”