Public open house for Hwy 75 Madison to Bellingham project to be held October 24
WILLMAR, Minn. — MnDOT is hosting an open house on Thursday, October 24 in Bellingham for the upcoming Hwy 75 Madison to Bellingham project. The public meeting will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Bellingham Community Center in Bellingham. Staff from MnDOT will be present to talk about the project, detour and answer questions.
The Hwy 75 project includes the resurfacing (cold-in-place recycle) with a three inch overlay of Hwy 75 from south of Madison to the east junction of Hwy 7, excluding the town of Madison. It also includes the lining of culverts along the project area, guardrail replacement, paving shoulders from 2 feet to 6 feet and upgrading sidewalks and pedestrian ramps to meet Americans with Disabilities standards in Bellingham. A chip seal will be applied to the new pavement.
Cold-in-place recycling is a method of removing and reusing the existing asphalt surface.
Chip seals, also referred to as seal coats, protect the pavement, increase skid resistance and extend the life of the road. Although it seems natural to avoid a road that has been recently coated or fixed, chip sealing is unique in that it does not keep drivers of the road. You can drive on a freshly chip sealed road after it has been swept. A road that has been chip sealed will not be as quiet as a new pavement. After a winter of plowing, the vehicle noise will diminish and you will notice that the road will not sound as loud.
Benefits of the project include a smoother ride, enhanced safety, improved drainage and compliance with ADA standards. The estimated project cost is $9.3 million. The project is scheduled to begin in 2020.
For more information on the project, meeting dates and time and to sign up for project updates, please visit mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy75madisontobellingham
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