NEWSBRIEF County Board conducts public hearing, adopts capital Improvement plan

The Washington County Board of Commissioners conducted a public hearing on the countyís 2019-2023 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Dec. 11, and then approved the plan.

No residents spoke at the hearing. Comments were received from a number of county municipalities, including Cottage Grove, Forest Lake, Hugo, Marine on St. Croix, Scandia, and Lakeland. Responses to those communities were included at the hearing.

State law requires the hearing, which covered the countyís 2019-2023 CIP. The plan includes major roadway, parks and facility projects in the county planned for the next five years.  

Examples of projects to be completed in 2019 include improvements to County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 12 in Grant, Mahtomedi and Willernie, construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Hinton Avenue (CSAH 13) and 70th Street (CSAH 22) in Cottage Grove, and improvements to CSAH 5 between Mrytle Street and Sycamore Street in Stillwater.

The plan also identifies the projects that will be funded from a 2019 bond sale, which include Wildwood Library improvements, Lake Elmo Park Reserve improvements, improving the Lower Landing building in Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, the expansion of CSAH 19 from Interstate 94 to Wynstone, CSAH 19 from Dale Road to CSAH 18, and work on the Highway 36/Hadley Avenue interchange in Oakdale. Bond funding will also pay for maintenance projects on the Government Center and Law Enforcement Center in Stillwater.

In addition to bond funds, the capital improvement plan is funded by state and federal transportation aid, state sales tax, state bonds, and local contributions from municipalities where the project is located.

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