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Posted on April 14, 2020 at 11:33 AM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 4/14/2020
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Not a lot going on in the drainage world for news lately. With the current situation of COVID-19, and many things being temporally shut down, many of the usual drainage and water quality seminars are being canceled or postponed.
Some spring flooding is causing some temporary closures to parts of some state parks, including parts of Fort Snelling. Just when the weather was starting to warm up and people are getting eager to escape the confines of their homes, the rivers are just too high now for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy most parts of Fort Snelling State Park, at the moment.
Many of the state parks are still open to visitors and outdoor enthusiasts, if you practice your social distancing skills. The human interaction portions of the parks remain closed, such as camping, visitor centers and gift shop areas.
Repairs are in full swing as we currently have five plus contractors making repairs actively across the county. The window of opportunity to get lots of repair work done is small, which requires many crews working hard before crops get planted. This spring is just as busy as the years past, but with considerably less water and rain to deal with.
We have two repairs that are fairly large scale. Both repairs are over in the Lake Crystal area. One larger repair is on the west side of the city of Lake Crystal and involves boring a brand-new tile underneath Minnesota Highway 60, without closing any of the lanes of traffic.
The second larger repair, involves tile that is over one hundred years old, running down the center of Blue Earth County Road 32, in Lincoln township. We had a sink hole issue in the road surface last year, along a portion of this same old tile line. The future of this tile is going to be to relocate the tile out from under the actual road surface area. Having an old tile, or any tile line for that matter, run under a road surface is not only potentially dangerous, but problematic for maintenance and repairs. We don’t have many old tile lines that run under a road surface for long stretches, mostly just tile across the road. Check out the photos below from the sink hole it created in the driving lane of the road surface. Thank goodness no one was injured by this hole. A car could have very easily fit inside this hole.
Recent Drainage Inspections:
We require that all repairs to a county drainage system (tile or open ditch) be authorized by one us in the drainage office, either Craig or myself, before any repairs are made.
Drainage Management Specialist