Faribault Co. eyes road plan

BLUE EARTH — Faribault County commissioners were updated Thursday on the county’s five-year highway plan.

County Engineer Mark Daly said the plan for 2019 is basically set in stone. Roads slated for improvements next year include County Road 12 west of Winnebago, County Road 15 in the Delavan area and County Road 23 south of Bricelyn. A total of 12.1 miles is involved.

The plan for 2020 is to resurface 18 miles of roads. This includes Minnesota highways 253 and 254. Highway 253 goes north, about 6 1/2 miles, from County Road 2 in Bricelyn to the Interstate 90 Highway exchange. Highway 254 covers a 4 1/2-mile stretch from Frost north to the I-90 exchange. The guard rails on both of the I-90 exchanges in this project are deficient and will be updated. The railroad crossings have already been updated on these highways.

Daly is working with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to iron out budget differences between what the county has proposed and what the state is willing to pay. Once these roads are resurfaced, they will be turned over to the county.

County Road 17, going south out of Frost to the Iowa border, is scheduled to have a 4-inch overlay in 2020.

Leland Parkway in Blue Earth, from Child Street to Highway 169, is scheduled to be resurfaced.