$1.86 million project completed

The resurfacing work on Central Avenue (CSAH 36) has been completed — a project County Engineer Bruce Cochran calls a success.

Mille Lacs County Engineer Bruce Cochran is happy with the way the project went to pave Central Avenue (County Road 36) in Milaca this past summer.

The $1.86 million project of four months was completed at the end of August.

“I was pleased that it was done on time, considering that we had so much rain in June,” Cochran said Monday.

He reported on the project to county commissioners at their Sept. 18 meeting, noting that there had been an addition of $133,544 to the project.

“We had an electrical line in our way, we took out more curb than we planned, and we had to rebuild all the catch basins,” he said Monday while explaining the extra cost.

The additional money will come from the county’s state aid account, he said.

The project covered about a mile and a half and was done in two parts.

North of the city garage a fabric was put on the surface and the concrete overlaid with asphalt. From Sixth Street South up to the city garage the road was rebuilt and paved.

Some corrections ended up being made at intersections that didn’t drain well, Cochran said.

From the city’s perspective, City Manager Greg Lerud said he thought the project went well.

“It’s definitely a nicer ride now,” he said.

For the full story, see the Thursday, Sept. 27 print edition of the Times.