Hillside Ave. road work next week

Hillside Avenue is about to receive a major facelift in a $1.3 million Pine County project.

Starting on or around Monday, Sept. 16,  County State Aid Highway 7 (Hillside Avenue) from Main Street to Interstate 35 will be undergoing major construction with the goal of improving traffic and the structural integrity of the roadway.  

The engineering firm SEH reports that the work will include the following:

• Sidewalk and American Disabilities Act improvements will be made at the intersections.

• Spot curb and sidewalk repair will be made as needed.

• Removing, grinding up and  overlaying of the top layer of blacktop pavement from Main Street to between 11th and 13th streets.

• A full new pavement section approaching the new interchange bridge and also on the west side of the interchange bridge on the new road grade.

• The existing median on the east side of the 11th Street SW and Hillside Avenue intersection will be removed and replaced with a painted median. The existing median on the west side of the intersection will remain in place.

• New culverts will be installed at several entrances.

• Minor storm sewer and manhole adjustments will be made.

Knife River’s winning bid was $1,288,145.31, which is 2.58% higher than the engineer’s $1,255,700.85 estimate for the Pine County project.

The other bidder, Minnesota Paving and Materials, came in nearly 18% over at $1,478,191.60.

Meanwhile, MnDOT reports that the northbound ramps on I- 35  at Hillside Avenue will be closed for the next month while new ramps are constructed.

The bridge was demolished in July and will remain closed through October 2019.

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