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Posted on May 5, 2020 at 4:59 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 5/5/2020
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Things have been very busy the past few weeks. We’ve had multiple contractors making many repairs all across the county. We have been trying to get as many tile repairs done as we can despite planting season being in full swing.
There has been a fairly large number of calls this spring for new repairs, but nothing like the past few years. But, is that a good thing? To me, that means the weather isn’t as wet as it has been the past few springs and that many of our repairs are getting fixed, while new repair reporting is remains low. I feel like we might get caught up, or at least closer to being caught up.
We have two fairly major repairs currently going on. The first repair/cleaning is CD05 in the southeast corner of the county, and the second is CD87 near Lake Crystal which just started today. CD05 is located in Medo and Danville townships. This public drainage system is made up of mostly open ditch with just a very small portion of subsurface tile. The repair for 2020 is cleaning the open ditch of sediment and clearing the ditch and buffer areas of any trees, brush or other debris. We do not allow any permanent structures of any sort in the buffer and ditch area. We will be installing a few new road crossings as part of this project. As we come through and clean the open ditch, we have the contractor install fabric and riprap rock around any and all outlet tile into the open ditch. Any outlet tiles found to be out of repair will also be fixed at this time.
CD87 is a smaller public drainage system, located in Garden City township, right on the west side of Lake Crystal. CD87 was installed in the early 1960’s and has around two hundred benefitted acres. The major repair we are currently undergoing, actually crews just started today, is boring a new tile line under Minnesota State Highway 60. The new tile line will be a seamless heavy-duty plastic pipe. The contractor uses a drilling machine that they can be guided at a certain grade. After drilling is complete, the new pipe is pulled back through the freshly drilled area with the brand-new seamless pipe. The new pipe will be hooked up to the old pipe at two different locations. The new connections will be the primary draining source for the old line to the new line. Directional drilling and boring pipe are an interesting science. I find it amazing how accurate contractors can be with under ground boring's. Pictured below is the grade staking for the directional drilling contractor to use for boring our new 15 inch tile under the highway.
Today we awarded what will be our third major repair for the year. This bid award was for JTD83, a joint drainage system with Waseca County. The repair will be similar to CD05, in that it will consist of ditch cleaning, brush and tree removal and some road crossing replacements.
Recent Drainage Inspections:
We have multiple contractors making repairs across the county currently. Please report repair issues to our drainage staff as soon as you notice them, as this will expedite the time in getting those repairs made.
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