ELKO, Minn. -- The unofficial end of summer is upon us; the State Fair is in the books and all the kids are back in school. But guess what? We are still smack dab in the middle of road construction season.
For Jim Daugs, who sells horse trailers in Elko, the season continuing is kind of "a horse a piece." Crews were getting ready to rip up I-35, a stone's throw away from Twin Cities Featherlite in Elko. The highway would be down to one lane in each direction for the next two months, between Elko/New Market and Burnsville.
"It needs to be done. A lot of customers, when they leave here, they'll call us up and say hey, there is something wrong with my trailer. It's bouncing all over the place on the highway. I'll go nope, nope, it's just the highway," he explained.
That resurface project won't wrap up until November. "Road construction is not over," Bobbie Dahlke with MnDOT explained. "It is a little bit of a crunch period for us right now," she added, noting the weather-related, late spring start.
Typically, the big projects are always slated to wrap up around late October as most of the heavy lifting is done in the summer. But the weather window isn't closing and crews are still going very strong in all corners of the metro. "We have more people on the road again. You're still seeing some of that construction going on so it seems like it's never ending, but pieces of it are ending," Dahlke said.
"The love-hate," is how Daugs described it. It's that old "no pain, no gain" argument. "It might hurt business for a while, a little inconvenience, but in the long run, it'll be nice to have the highway smooth,"
The I-35 project begins just before another big resurface job just down the street. On the weekend of September 6th, the eastbound lanes of I-494 will be shut down between 35-W and Highway 100 for repaving efforts.
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