The Wright County Highway Department has unveiled its 2017 Construction Projects Map, which includes a major overhaul for Highway 3 near South Haven and a new turn lane closer to home in Albertville on Highway 37.
The projects the county will be constructing this year “provides a continued emphasis on preservation of the existing Wright County Highway System, combined with an aggressive program of safety projects and a major reconstruction project along Wright County Highway 3 in the northwest portion of the county,” according to statement from the county highway department.
The South Haven project will provide a continuous north-south corridor that meets current design standards, from the south county line to the north county line. The Highway 3 corridor is a relatively higher traffic volume route in western Wright County that carries a lot of truck traffic through the county.
The 2017 construction projects total approximately $10 million dollars in improvements to the county highway system. The safety improvements included in this year’s plan includes Rural Intersection Warning Systems at the intersections of Highway 35 and 6 as well as at the intersection of Highways 35 and 8.
Other safety improvements include the construction of dedicated center left turn lanes at the intersection of Highway 39 and Nashua Avenue in Otsego, and the creation of center left turn lanes on County Highway 37 over the Interstate 94 bridge in Albertville to facilitate safer left turning movements onto I-94.