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Highway work hinges on weather

Crews on the Highway 34 project in Park Rapids were only able to work half a day Monday and two hours Wednesday due to the weather this week.

"If the monsoons ever quit, you need to concentrate in town," Larry Randall, Minnesota Department of Transportation project manager, told contractors at Thursday's weekly meeting.

Business's entrances need to be fixed, Randall added.

Although the goal is to wrap up work by Friday, Nov. 2, it is all weather de-pendent, Randall said.

Randall also said a decision has been made to pre-pare the boulevards and spray seed on them this fall, but laying sod and planting trees will be delayed until spring because it's so late in the season.

A spokesman for Central Specialties, Alexandria, general contractor for the project, said crews will be working today (Saturday).

Major work remaining includes laying the wear course on the south side of Highway 34 from the Fish Hook River bridge west and on Main Avenue; pavement marking and signing.

Lanes will need to be closed for the striping work, Randall said. The stoplights at the Highway 34-71 inter-section will go on when the paving is done, however.

On the east side, there is a day of paving left, then it also will need to be striped and signed before the detour is lifted.

When the project is completed, there will be an additional street light at the intersection with CSAH 4.

Weekly construction meetings are at 1 p.m. Thursdays at the Park Rap-ids Area Library, located at 210 West 1st St.

luannh@parkrapidsenterprise.com

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