Anderson Brothers Construction Company of Brainerd has informed the City of Brainerd that construction on the College Drive Improvement will resume on Monday, April 9. The favorable weather conditions over the winter have set the stage for work to begin earlier than originally anticipated. The project location extends from west of County Road 48 in Baxter, along County Road 48 north and south of College Road/College Drive and then easterly through the intersection of Quince and Fifth. Work did continue on the public and private utility relocations over the winter and into the spring.
Work commencing on Monday, April 9 will begin with the construction at County Road 48 and College Drive, along with College Road in Baxter. This work will require that the existing traffic signal shut down and the installation of a four way stop condition until fall to facilitate construction staging. Grading to accommodate the widening and retaining wall construction by the Central Lakes College and High School will also begin at this time.
Motorists and roadway users are advised to use alternate routes for access to this area starting on Monday and the summer months to follow. Significant delays are anticipated as motorists approach the project from the South on County Road 48 and from the west on College Road in the City of Baxter. The current plan is to maintain access with one lane in each direction during the start of the project, however motorists will experience delays in the construction area, especially during the morning and evening rush hours. College Drive will be limited to one lane in each direction, however the use of left turns will also be limited.Vehicles and pedestrians traveling in the College Drive Improvement area are asked to slow down and drive or use the roadway with caution. The City of Brainerd and Anderson Brothers Construction Company want to thank the public for their patience during this construction process. Additional information is available by accessing the website at ci.brainerd.mn.us or by contacting Ron Bray, Project Engineer, at 612.360.1280.