Hwy 27 detour planned with projectPublished 11:21am Wednesday, January 15, 2014
A planned summer construction project on Highway 27 will include a detour for people traveling into Fergus Falls, according to an official from Moore Engineering.
Moore Engineering employee Dan Hanson hosted a public information hearing on the project Tuesday night at the Government Services Center in Fergus Falls.
Moore Engineering has been hired as a consultant on the project by Otter Tail County. A crowd of about 15, many of them landowners along the project route, came to the meeting.
The detour will mostly affect rural drivers, as the route into Fergus Falls will not be accessible during part of construction. Traffic will be redirected from Highway 27 back to Highway 10 and will come into Fergus Falls on Highway 111, according to Hanson.
“We are going to do everything we can to make it as convenient as possible,” he said.
The construction will coincide will some planned city work on Fir Avenue as well.
The project cover a nearly one-mile stretch from East Fir Avenue in Fergus Falls to 110 feet north of Woodland Drive North. It will include curb and gutter work, as well as a 10-foot, .5-mile bituminous bike trail from Skogmo Boulevard to Woodland Drive North.
The project will be paid for entirely through county money and state aid and there will be no special assessments on property owners along the project route. There are also no speed limit changes planned for the project, Hanson said.
Project bidding is expected to begin in March, with construction set for May.
“These plans have to be submitted to MnDOT yet and there’s a chance that they could come back with some comments, but we aren’t expecting much of that,” Hanson said.
Almost all of the construction work is expected to be completed by the end of the fall. Hanson said the final lift of asphalt will be applied in summer 2015, a step that has become increasingly standard on these types of construction projects.