Work to upgrade Minnesota Street, delayed a year by federal- and statemandated changes, should be completed by the end of the month or early October.
Mitchell Public Works Director Tim McGannon said the street project, which began in late August, is nearing the halfway point. The street is pocked with patches and bumps and provides a rough ride in several areas, McGannon said.
He said sections next to each curb will be lowered before asphalt is added.
The annual summer rite of road repairs and detours will begin in a few short weeks in the Mitchell area.
The city’s major project entails mill and asphalt overlay work on Minnesota Street from Havens Avenue to 15th Avenue. Sidewalk ramps and curb and gutter also will be rebuilt.
The project won’t be bid until June, but Public Works Director Tim McGannon anticipates that work will begin in August and end in October. Detours have yet to be planned.
A deteriorating stretch of Ohlman Street between Eighth and 23rd avenues in Mitchell is prompting some questions as to which entity is responsible for it.
Tim McGannon, city public works director, said the asphalt road has old pavement, and the combination of a wet year, deep frost and early and late blizzards is wreaking havoc on it. Despite the warm weather, frost still exists one foot below the road surface.
The dream of a roughly three-mile-long bike path on the outskirts of northwest Mitchell is getting closer to reality.
Late Monday evening, the City Council approved offers on two stretches of land needed for the path. If those deals get done, only one small stretch of land — and the funding to build the path — will be left to acquire.
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