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Work commenced Monday on reconstruction of Kandiyohi County Road 41, also known as Radio Station Road, near the junction with County Road 24, which runs to Ridgewater College in Willmar. The summer-long project began with the removal of the old bituminous surface. When completed, County Road 41 will have two 12-foot-wide driving lanes and eight-foot-wide bituminous shoulders that will allow room for bicycles on the shoulders. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Reconstruction of County Road 41 begins

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Reconstruction of County Road 41 begins
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR -- Work began in earnest this week on the reconstruction of Kandiyohi County Road 41.

Commonly called Radio Station Road, it is a vital route into Willmar for residents on the town's far north side. Residents who live on County Road 41 will have access during the construction project, but Assistant Kandiyohi County Engineer Ray Krossman said other commuters should find a different road to travel on to avoid interfering with work crews.

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"If you don't live on the road, you should be taking an alternate route away from the project," he said.

So far, work on the $2.7 million project is going well. Dry weather this spring has made it easier for dirt work to take place, said Kroosman.

When it's completed, County Road 41 will have two, 12-foot-wide driving lanes and eight-foot-wide bituminous shoulders that will "allow room for bicycles on the shoulders," he said.

The current hill at the junctions of 41 and 24 that creates a nasty blind-spot for motorists will also be cut down. When it's completed, the intersection will be at the top of the hill. "You'll have a lot better site distance when we're done," said Kroosman. "It'll be a lot better."

The project is expected to be done by Nov. 15.

The final layer of bituminous will be applied next year.

Duininck Inc. of Prinsburg is the prime contractor, and Thielen Construction Company Inc. of Eden Valley, is the subcontractor for the grading portion of the project.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
(320) 894-9750
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