U.S. Hwy 75 resurfacing project resumes today
Expect lane closures, flagging operations
WILLMAR, Minn. – The U.S. Highway 75 Madison to Bellingham resurfacing project resumes operations today. The project was suspended last fall due to weather, after paving operations were completed. This week, crews will apply seal coat applications under traffic using lane closures and a flagging operation with a pilot car. Permanent pavement markings will be installed in approximately two weeks.
The project includes the resurfacing of U.S. Highway 75 from Township Road 127 in Lac qui Parle County to the east junction with Highway 7 in Big Stone County using cold-in-place recycling, which is a method of removing and reusing the existing asphalt surface. It also includes repairing and replacing culverts and guardrail along the project area, extending paved shoulders from two feet to six feet, and upgrading sidewalks and pedestrian ramps in Bellingham to make them more available for everyone. A fog seal coat, as well as a chip seal coat, will be applied to protect the new pavement, increase skid resistance, and extend the life of the road.
Benefits of the project include a smoother ride, enhanced safety, improved drainage, and upgraded sidewalks and pedestrian crossings. The project cost $7.9 million and the contractor is Duininck, Inc., of Prinsburg, Minn.