Koochiching County Public Meeting on Roundabout at Highway 53 and County Road 332
The Koochiching County Highway Department hosted a public meeting with respect to the Highway 53 and County Highway 332 intersection at the Ranier Community Center on Tuesday afternoon.
In January of 2021, an Intersection Control Evaluation was done at the intersection and Koochiching County Engineer Dave Reimer explains the results of that study.
One possible solution for the intersection was a Rural Intersection Warning Systems but those are being phased out according to Reimer
After 10 scenarios were discussed, two were brought to the table.
Costs for the 150 foot roundabout is approximately $2.7 million and a 190 foot roundabout is $3.5 million. The county has secured a federal freight grant for $1.8 million for the project so the county would be responsible for $0.9 to $1.7 million to complete the project.
Going forward, the county will continue to look for additional funding for the next 2 1/2 years and then take bids in the winter of 2023, award the bid in the spring of 2024, and construct in the summer of 2024.