Despite rain, snow New Auburn street project ahead of schedule


Despite the unseasonably wet weather recently, New Auburn’s street project is slightly ahead of schedule, according to Al Hahn, resident project representative of SEH, Gaylord.

All excavation has been completed, Hahn said, and 99% of the aggregate has been placed.

Blacktopping is expected to begin this week. Hahn expects that the first lift of blacktop will be completed on the majority of the streets this week, weather permitting.

Wm. Mueller & Sons of Hamburg was awarded the project this summer. The firm submitted a bid of $1,073,811.48. The project includes construction work on existing blacktop streets and surfacing previously designated gravel streets. The project is to be completed by November 13.

County projects
Wet weather has delayed Sibley County’s construction projects.

Darin Mielke, Public Works Director, said that the weather has delayed the finish work on the topsoil (fine grading) on CSAH 2 north of Gibbon. There has been about a three week delay on paving on parts of the project, and the seeding may not even occur this fall unless we get a lot of dry and warm weather, Mielke said. The rest of the project was completed ahead of schedule.

Overlaying on County Roads 15, 21, and 33 were completed Monday. Striping was completed. The weather caused about a three week delay on the project, Mielke said.

A box culvert project on CSAH 8 near Lafayette is tentatively on hold due to high water and rain, Mielke said. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the County may delay the project until next summer.

Sibley County’s curve sign project is still underway and is expected to be completed the end of the month.