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Helten Avenue intersection will be open when school bells ring

The intersection at Highway 34 and Helten Avenue will be open when classes in Park Rapids start Tuesday morning, contractors as-sured school transportation supervisor Cindy Leach at Thursday's weekly meeting.

Although some work re-mains at Helten, it can be done during the school day.

Friday, Central Specialties, the general contractor for the Highway 34 reconstruction project, was scheduled to start paving the shoulders and some en-trances on the west end of the project.

Sharon Koskela, Henrietta Township supervisor, attended the meeting and expressed two concerns re-lated to the detour on Co. Rd. 107.

First, she asked if the stop sign where southbound traffic on 169th Avenue meets Co. Rd. 107 could be moved back. Big trucks aren't able to make the corner onto Co. Rd. 107, she said.

Koskela said the town-ship also is concerned that a lot of trucks are continuing south on 169th and using 170th Street to connect with CSAH 6. "The township road isn't set up for heavy trucks," she said, explaining there are some low spots on 169th. The township has ordered signs to mark them but until they arrive and can be installed, Koskela said there is a concern that a vehicle going very fast could bottom out in the low areas.

The crews working on underground utilities will quit work before noon Fri-day and resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday, said Gary Fingalson, Sellin Brothers superintendent.

One crew will continue work installing water main in the vicinity of State Bank and another will start removing culverts and "cow paths" under Highway 34 east.

East and westbound traffic is being routed along Co. Rd. 107. Drivers using CSAH 4 are directed to 169th Avenue. The detour is likely to be on until mid-October.

The posted speed limit on Co. Rd. 107 is 45 mph.

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