CH 1 Flood Recovery

  • Status: Open
  • Estimated Timeline:
    Construction: Mid-September through mid December 2014
    Final surfacing: Fall 2015
  • Community: Blakeley Township
  • Corridor Served: CH 1
  • Project Lead: Scott County
Project Details
Paving completed. Final Surfacing completed in September of 2015. Project completed October 2015.
Major work for the project includes the following: slope stabilization and structural support (h-pile), erosion control and ravine channel protection, stormwater management, guard rail, roadbed aggregate base and pavement surfacing.
Scott County experienced historic rainfalls on June 19, 2014 which caused extensive flooding throughout the county, primarily in the Minnesota River Valley. County Highway (CH) 1, in Blakeley Township, was among a list of roads that were closed due to several mudslides. County staff was immediately on the scene to assist citizens, put up detours, and begin assessing the damages.

On June 23, 2014, Scott County Board of Commissioners declared a State of Emergency and granted temporary authority for approving emergency-related expenditures to the County Administrator to help accelerate the recovery process. Governor Mark Dayton came to Belle Plaine on June 24th for a storm damage update.  All four county highways (CH1, CH6, CH51, and CH60) in Blakeley experienced significant damage, and the cost for cleanup and rebuilding is in the millions. Difficult decisions remain as the costs to restore all four roadways to previous conditions exceed available funding.

County staff worked with Barr Engineering on plans and specifications for the reconstruction on the damaged sections of County Highway 1. Funding for the emergency and permanent repairs are eligible for reimbursement under the federal highways (FHWA) and Mn/DOT state aid disaster programs.