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Smooth roads ahead: 70th, Keats to be repaved

This stretch of 70th Street near Hinton Avenue will be repaved as part of Washington County-funded roadwork this summer. A 5-mile stretch of Keats Avenue in Cottage Grove and Woodbury will also be repaved. Bulletin photo by Jon Avise

Summer roadwork is set to make for a smoother ride on a pair of county roadways through Cottage Grove and Woodbury.

Washington County road projects this summer will rehabilitate stretches of Keats Avenue and 70th Street, also known as County Roads 19 and 22, in Cottage Grove.

The work will resurface the heavily traveled roadways and is intended to improve the road surface before the roads are fully reconstructed and widened more than a decade in the future, said Wayne Sandberg, Washington County's assistant public works director.

"We're trying to extend the life of the pavement," said Sandberg. "The investment we're making now is a 10- to 15-year extension."

Rehabilitation of roughly two miles of 70th Street between Hinton Avenue and Keats Avenue is scheduled to begin in May and last between four to six weeks. Work on Keats will begin later, likely mid-summer, Sandberg said, and will include repaving more than five miles of roadway from Highway 61 to Bailey Road in Woodbury.

The repaving of Keats Avenue could be split over this summer and next, Sandberg said, because of the length of the roadway involved.

"Part of that will depend on what kind of bids we get," Sandberg said.

If that project is divided into two parts, he said the stretch of County Road 19 from Highway 61 to Military Road would be completed this summer.

The roadwork is part of the county's larger annual road rehabilitation program that is spending roughly $5 million on county highway maintenance in 2011. Federal stimulus funds are covering the cost of work on Keats Avenue.