May 24, 2024

County Highway 5 gains $1.4 million in grants to cover safety projects

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Jake Sias
Grant County Herald

Grant County is set to benefit from a significant infrastructure enhancement as it was selected to receive a $1,434,000 grant through the Local Road Improvement Program (LRIP), aimed at improving a critical section of County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 5. The funding was announced during a recent county board meeting by Highway Engineer Matt Yavarow.

Administered by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the LRIP assists local agencies in constructing, reconstructing, or reconditioning their transportation networks. The grant for Grant County will support the refurbishment of the CSAH 5 roadway and its junction with Truck Highway 55, an area noted for its problematic safety conditions.

Highlighting the importance of the project, Senator Jordan Rasmusson (R-Fergus Falls), who advocated for the county’s grant application, remarked, “CSAH 5 is a crucial route for commercial and agricultural industries, local businesses, and public travel.” He praised the inclusion of the project in the LRIP’s latest funding round and committed to ongoing cooperation with both state and local officials to further community interests.

The planned improvements for CSAH 5 include the redesign of its intersection with MN TH 55 to address the current hazardous conditions caused by a severe angle, making it difficult for drivers to safely enter the highway. This project is expected to enhance safety significantly for both grain truck traffic and local commuters.

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