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Willmar Wye Groundbreaking Ceremony - July 9, 2019

Willmar Wye groundbreaking with shovels

Willmar Wye Groundbreaking Ceremony with shovels

MnDOT District Engineer Jon Huseby

MnDot District Engineer Jon Huseby

MnDOT Transportation Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher

MnDOT Transportation Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher

Jacki Anderson on behalf of US Congressman Collin Peterson

Jacki Anderson, on behalf of U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson

Chuck Ackman, on behalf of US Senator Amy Klobuchar

Chuck Ackman, on behalf of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar

Jake Schweitzer, on behalf of US Senator Tina Smith

Jake Schweitzer, on behalf of U.S. Senator Tina Smith

Representative Dave Baker

State Representative Dave Baker

State Representative Tim Miller

State Representative Tim Miller

Kandiyohi County Commissioner Roger Imdieke

Kandiyohi County Commissioner Roger Imdieke

Willmar Mayor Marv Calvin

Willmar Mayor Marv Calvin

Kandiyohi-Willmar EDC Executive Director Aaron Backman

Kandiyohi/Willmar EDC Executive Director Aaron Backman

BNSF Executive Director Lydia Bjorge

BNSF Railway Executive Director Lydia Bjorge

Willmar Wye Groundbreaking Ceremony

Willmar Wye Groundbreaking Ceremony

MnDOT Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher and MnDOT District Engineer Jon Huseby

MnDOT Transportation Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher and MnDOT District Engineer Jon Huseby

Week of September 23, 2019

Grading, placing sand cushions, constructing bridge approach embankments

Willmar Wye project

Willmar Wye project

Willmar Wye project

Willmar Wye project

Willmar Wye project

Willmar Wye project

Willmar Wye project

Willmar Wye project

Willmar Wye project

Willmar Wye project

Willmar Wye project

Willmar Wye project

Willmar Wye project

October 9, 2019

Excavation northeast of Hwy 40 and CR 55:

Willmar Wye project - excavation northeast of Hwy 40 and CR 55
Willmar Wye project - excavation northeast of Hwy 40 and CR 55

Hawk Creek diversion channel under Hwy 40:

Willmar Wye project - Hawk Creek diversion channel under Hwy 40

Willmar Wye project - Hawk Creek diversion channel under Hwy 40

Grading at 1st Avenue and US 12:

Willmar Wye project - grading at 1st Avenue and US 12

Willmar Wye project - grading at 1st Avenue and US 12

Placing storm sewer at the US 12 and CR 5 roundbout:

Placing storm sewer at the US 12 and CR 5 roundabout

Placing storm sewer at the US 12 and CR 5 roundabout

Week of October 14, 2019
South end of Hawk Creek diversion channel
North end of Hawk Creek diversion channel, placing plastic for stabilization
North end of Hawk Creek diversion channel, using a trench box as a dam for existing channel
Preparing to move the existing culvert
Grading at Highway 40 and County Road 55
Grading at US 12 and 1st Avenue
Grading at US 12 and 1st Avenue
Grading at US 12 and 1st Avenue
Grading at US 12 and County Road 5 roundabout
Grading at US 12 and County Road 5 roundabout
Week of October 21, 2019
Equipment sitting idle on Hwy 40 by CR 55 waiting for drier conditions
Aggregate bedding ready for placement of the new box culvert carrying Hawk Creek under Hwy 40
Water sitting in the borrow pit on the northwest corner of Hwy 40 and CR 55
New box culvert waiting for installation (postponed for high winds)
Grade raise on Hwy 40 east of CR 55
Equipment sitting idle on CR 55 by new US 12 waiting for drier conditions
Water on the east end of the new US 12 grade
 
Week of October 28, 2019
Willmar Municipal Utilities relocating electric power lines
Grading on Highway 40 east of County Road 55 (the low area is where the new bridge will be)
The new box culvert for Hawk Creek under Highway 40
Backfilling the new box culvert
Backfilling the new box culvert
Grading on US 12 - red pickup is just west of the future bridge
Grading on US 12
Curb and gutter at the roundabout at County Road 5 and US 12
Curb and gutter at the roundabout at County Road 5 and US 12
 
November 1-5, 2019
Paving County Road 5 and the roundabout at US 12 and County Road 5
Outlet of temporary diversion pipe for box culvert placement under new US 12
Excavating the trench for a box culvert under new US 12
Inlet of temporary diversion pipe for box culvert placement under new US 12
New First Avenue frontage road grade
Aggregate bedding for a box culvert under new US 12
Paved County Road 5 and the roundabout at US 12 and County Road 5
Grading on new US 12
Placing embankment on County Road 55 south of Highway 40
Placing embankment on County Road 55 south of Highway 40
Excavation at the borrow pit on the southeast corner of county road 55 and Highway 40
 
November 12, 2019
Preparing for the installation of an 84" pipe culvert
Grading on nenw US 12
Sitting at the new 1st Ave grade, looking at grading operations on new US 12
Completed box culvert under new US 12
Excavation in borrow pit at SE corner of County Road 55 and Highway 40
Gap in the embankment for the new bridge on US 12
 
November 19, 2019
Completed 84" pipe under new US 12 west of County Road 5
Installing storm sewer on new US 12 west of County Road 5
Installing storm sewer on new US 12 west of County Road 5
Installing storm sewer on new US 12 west of County Road 5
 
Aerial photos courtesy of the EDC

Thank you to Aaron Backman, executive director, Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission (EDC) for sharing the following aerial photos of the project. The EDC is a partner in the Willmar Wye public-private partnership. Melissa Knott, EDC marketing and public relations committee chair, took the photos from a plane piloted by Eric Rudningen.

West end of the project looking east

West end of the project looking east

Box culvert on new US 12

Intersection of Hwy 40 and County Road 55

Intersection of new US 12 and County Road 55

New roundabout at CR 5 and new US 12 with current US 12 in foreground.

New US 12 on the left and current US 12 on the right

Intersection of new US 12 and county road 55

New US 12

Borrow pit at west end of the project

 
December 6, 2019

Box culvert on new US 12 just north of 1st Ave.

Box culvert on new US 12 just north of 1st Ave.

Box culvert on new US 12 just north of 1st Ave.

This is our last post of 2019, have a safe and happy holiday season.