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Paynesville Press - September 26, 2001

Update on detours

By Michael Jacobson

Railroad crossing closed Detours on Highway 23 and on Washburne Avenue are now done, but Highway 4/55 east of town continues to be detoured.

Construction is also progressing on Old Lake Road in Paynesville Township. Soft spots on the road are being dug out and filled. The road, consequently, has three stretches of gravel. Drivers need to be careful around work crews on the road. The west intersection with Highway 55 is closed as it is being redone. The road still needs to be widened. A base course of asphalt will be laid before winter.

The downtown railroad crossing on Washburne Avenue was closed last week so it could be upgraded. The wooden ties were replaced with a concrete bed. Local traffic and truck traffic that uses Washburne Avenue as an alternate route were detoured last week by the work on the crossing. The railroad crossing on County Road 130 was also upgraded, and it still needs to be paved.

Highway 4 & 55 detour
Highways 4 and 55 between Paynesville and the five-mile bridge east of town will be detoured for the month of September as MnDOT crews rehabilitate the concrete, do a mill overlay, repair culverts, and extend and add turning lanes. The road is open for local traffic and business. The detour route uses County Road 180, CSAH 34, and Highway 124. MnDOT expects the detour to last a month and the project to take two months.

A four-way stop has been added at the intersection of Highway 55, Highway 124, and Co. Rd. 181.

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