October 04, 2017 10:48 PM
It's been a long awaited project.
After five and a half years of Highway 210 through Jay Cooke State Park being closed, residents like Adam Carlson are more than excited to get back on the road.
"It's finally open. It's a great piece of road, nice to ride the bike (motorcycle) on," said Adam Carlson, a Carlton Resident. "It was just beautiful (before the flood destroyed it) so i'm kind of excited to see how it is now."
MNDot started work on the highway after the 2012 flood caused extensive damage to it. Road washouts occurred in more than 80 different places, closing three miles of it.
"This was a technically interesting and challenging project," said Travis Davidsavor, Senior Geotechnical Engineer and Design Manager for Barr Engineering Company.
"It was a daily challenge of some adjustments in the field due to conditions," said Jon Lemire, Construction Manager for Veit Contracting.
However, the end result was worth it. The highway is now safer for drivers and the renovations will also reduce the likelihood of future damage caused by flooding.
"Erosion and slope movement is what happens here and what created these beautiful hills and ravines. All were doing is putting a temporary pause on Mother Nature and designing this for 100 year life," said Davidsavor.
Key features of the new highway include retaining walls in several areas, and Geoweb walls to protect culturally sensitive areas.
Security monitors are another new addition to the highway. They're used not only to protect against vandalism but detect movement shifts on the slopes.
"It was a very unique project for us and it turned out to be very successful," said Chuck Giesler, Director of Sales and Marketing for Veit Contracting.
The main goal was to fix the roadway with minimal impact to the areas natural beauty...a goal many say they achieved.
"It's beautiful," said Carlson.
"I know there are a lot of people in the local community that are happy to have the road back open again, especially this time of the year with the colors starting to come in," Giesler said.
There will be additional touch-up work going on within the next couple of months. The highway is officially open to the public.
Updated: October 04, 2017 10:48 PM
Created: October 04, 2017 05:36 PM
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