As the City of Rushford enters the new year the city is continuing to prepare for a major disruption in 2014 when its main street...Highway 43-Mill Street... will be reconstructed.
The 3.3 million dollar project is scheduled to begin in the spring and last into October. It will mean a major disruption for businesses and residents along the route, but the city has been working with MnDOT to establish detours for traffic.
The Tri-County Record reports that large trucks will be routed from Interstate 90 to the Highway 76 exit to Houston, and then west back to Rushford on Highway 16.
Smaller vehicles will be routed through town.
MnDOT says construction will begin at both the north end and the south end of the project...between the two bridges. The mid-section of the project...the downtown area...will be done after that.
Representatives of 35 local businesses met with MnDOT officials in late November to be updated on the project.
The City of Rushford is seeking some 1.7 million dollars from the Public Facilities Authority of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to pay for its share of the cost.