The drive down Mirror Lake Road is quite a smooth ride now.
By COLE BENZ
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The drive down Mirror Lake Road is quite a smooth ride now. The month-long construction project stretched from the west railroad crossing through Mirror Lake Park, all the way up through the east crossing and past the cemetery in Hettinger. The project included 1.9 miles of new roadways and two new parking lots at Mirror Lake Park.
“I thought [the project] went very well, very pleased with the whole process,” Bros Engineer Billy Doerr said.
The bid was originally awarded to the contractor on May 5 and they broke ground a little over a month later on June 6.
The project didn’t last too long, and was considered finished on Saturday, July 9, with a few final clean up duties to finish.
Though there were a lot of moving parts during the project, there were not many delays or lack of access to Mirror Lake Park or the adjoining businesses during construction. Communication was a big factor that made the commotion go so smoothly for everyone, according to Doerr.
“What made this one go so smoothly was [that] the contractor just worked really closely with the businesses that were down there,” Doerr said. “The people that were directly affected just worked with them and just made sure they always knew what was going on, and made sure they always had access somewhere or another.”
Doerr also said that businesses understood the added benefit of what the new road would bring to their commutes and daily activities.
“I think they realized it was going to be a minor inconvenience for them during the construction,” Doerr said. “But once it was said and done they’re going to have a very nice improvement they are going to use for their business everyday.”
Though he hasn’t received any specific feedback, Doerr told the Record that he has been getting the sense that people related to the project have been pleased with the improvement.
After coring the streets and analyzing the samples, contractors dug down 18 inches on the west end of the road and 12 inches on the rest of the road before adding the asphalt.
It was an interesting dynamic in getting the project finished. Though it was spearheaded by the county, the city and even the park board had an interest in process.
“The county was the owner of the project,” Doerr said. “With the cooperation and contribution from the city, and as well as from the park board.”
Each entity brought something to the table, with the park board receiving a special road funds grant that made it possible for the two parking lots to be a part of the project.