Reconstruction of County Road 4 project has begun, detour in effect

last culvert
Joel Stottrup / Union-Eagle A contractor on July 10 works on installing the last culvert to be placed on the section of Mille Lacs county state aid highway 4 that is being reconsructed this summer. The culvert work in the photo is located about 5.1 miles north of Princeton’s Rum River Drive north.

The construction phase had begun in the County State Aid Highway 4 road reconstruction project that lies between Princeton and Milaca in Mille Lacs County.
“From what I hear, it is on track,” said Bruce Cochran, county public works engineer, referring to his field reports.
A contractor has installed the last of the 12 cross culverts that were being put in as culvert replacements in the 4.1 miles of the road that is being reconstructed. That last culvert was the largest, with a 72-inch diameter, and is located about 5.2 miles north of Rum River Drive North in Princeton. CSAH 4 actually begins at Seventh Avenue North in Princeton, heading past North Elementary. The section being reconstructed goes from a half mile south of CSAH 13 West on the south to CSAH 12 on the north.
Target completion time for the approximately $3 million project is this coming September. Barricades are up, and only local traffic is allowed in the stretch being constructed. The detoured traffic is directed along Highway 169.
The cost of the construction part of the project is $2.48 million, with remaining costs for design, inspection, testing and negotiating and purchasing right of way easements. All of the project’s costs are covered by state and federal highway funds, according to Cochran.
Not only will there be a widened road with better drainage, but it will get four turn lanes. One is at CSAH 13 West (55th Street), where it heads west of CSAH 4 toward Long Siding. The second turn lane is for turning onto CSAH 13 East (60th Street). The third turn lane is at CSAH 12 where it comes from the west and is also known as Dolphin Road. The fourth turn lane is at CSAH 12 East.
“We need warm, dry weather,” Cochran said about keeping the project moving. “That will help everybody.”