CH 60 Flood Recovery
- Status: Closed
- Construction: 2016 / 2017
- Community: Blakeley Township
- Corridor Served: CH 60
- Project Lead: Scott County
- Anticipated Completion: Mid-June 2017
Project DetailsOn September 20, 2016, the County Highway 60 Realignment Project was awarded to Chard Tiling & Excavating.
The Contractor began working on the realignment of County Highway 60 in Blakeley Township. Because of the weather, we were unable to finish the project. The road will remain closed until the final layers are installed. We plan on starting up again in the Spring of 2017. The slopes have been seeded and erosion control blankets have been installed, so snowmobiles and other all-terrain vehicles will not be allowed on the slopes.
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) 60, 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.
County staff are in the process of completing detailed design to reconstruct CH 60 on the new alignment. Due to the major work required for reconstruction, the time required to perform soil work, engineering, design work, and right of way acquisition, the construction work is planning to begin in late 2016 or in 2017. An open house was held on March 19, 2015 at the Belle Plaine Public Library to answer the residents questions.
Environmental Assessment (EA) Draft Environmental Assessment
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 24, 2014 for a storm damage update.
The County is working with MnDOT, FEMA, and FHWA to secure disaster funding that helps cover a portion of clean up and repair costs. All four county highways (CH 1, CH 6, CH 51, and CH 60) 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.
Contractor removed sections of the road and slopes to stabilize slopes and ravines. Intersection improvements are being considered on County Highways 1, 6 and 60 in Blakeley but will require design work and right of way acquisition which may take additional time.
In January 2015, the County Board discussed different alternatives for rebuilding CH 60 including closing the road, rebuilding on existing alignment, and reconstruction the road on a new alignment. During the discussion, the Board considered the updated preliminary design work, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster assistance eligibility discussions, and feedback received from the public meeting held in August of 2014.
The County Board selected the new alignment alternative (see Open House Newsletter). The realignment maintains system connectivity between the CH 1 Bridge and Highway 169, provides an opportunity to construct storm retention ponds to help with erosion issues in the area, and protects the road from the current alignment slope slides.