--- As part of the reconstruction of Trunk Highway 197 (Paul Bunyan
Drive South) along the southside of Lake Bemidji, the Minnesota
Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) has begun the lakeshore
stabilization portion of the project.
to Jim Bittmann, Mn/DOT Project Engineer, "the stabilization
is being done to protect the shoreline and the road from future
erosion and ice damage. The lakeshore stabilization will consist
of removing trees along the lakeshore and placing riprap for protection
along the shoreline."
a large portion of the trees have been damaged from ice and erosion
and will be removed in upcoming weeks. The actual placing of the
riprap will be done this winter.
"the installation of a water main, storm sewer, and paving
of the northbound lane that is currently closed will be completed
this fall with the final paving of the northbound lanes and the
bike trail scheduled for next spring as soon as weather permits."
several more enhancement projects for this corridor tentatively
scheduled for the summer of 2005 and 2006. These projects would
include more landscaping, repair of the rock outlooks, decorative
signing, historical plaques, and several new lookouts with benches.
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