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County to begin work on County Road 18

Road work on County Road/State Highway 18 in Afton is expected to begin soon after the Fourth of July holiday, Washington County officials said at a June 23 county board meeting.

At the meeting, county commissioners voted to award a $4.02 million bid to Tower Asphalt to perform the rehabilitation project on the 5-mile stretch of road that officials say is in dire need of repair. The company will begin the road rehab project on CR-18 with grading, putting in an aggregate base, bituminous paving, storm sewer and concrete curb and gutter work.

The total cost of the project is expected to be about $5 million.

The work will be done on the county road, which is also known as 40th Street South and Afton Boulevard South, from Highway 95 (Manning Avenue) to County Road 21 (St. Croix Trail).

Because of the historic nature of the road, county transportation officials worked with the city of Afton over the last few years to develop a preferred design for the roadway improvements that incorporate the natural preservation route standards as defined by the state department of transportation.

The road currently lacks shoulders and turn lanes and has a few sharp curves that county public works officials earlier this spring decided they want to fix once and for all.

The county received $3.9 million in federal highway funding for the CR-18 reconstruction project in 2003.

The project will be conducted in phases and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2010.