Public Works crews have nearly finished clearing and re-opening all county roads. Meanwhile, the Assessor's Office will send staff next week to assess damage to homes and structures, which may result in tax credits and abatements for property owners affected by Tuesday's storm.
Crews are assessing the damage and clearing downed trees and branches in the wake of a storm that blew through the areas of Island Lake and Boulder Lake.
The bonds will fund various transportation projects including road maintenance and bridge repairs and replacements, as well as possible transit projects and transportation work that would assist with economic development. Revenue from the Transportation Sales Tax will be used to pay off the debt.
The current bridge across the Birch River is more than 80 years old. The project is expected to last until early October and means a portion of CSAH 21 will be closed. Detours are marked.
The road reconstruction is part of a two year project to realign Highway 5 to accommodate an expansion of mining operations at Hibbing Taconite.
Part of County Road 661 (Spirit Lake Road) in Great Scott Township, and County State Aid Highway 5 near the Bear River are both closed after heavy rains washed out culverts. Several other roads also have been affected by flooding, and motorists are urged to use caution.
Work begins the week of June 6 to resuface nearly 12 miles of the road between Island Lake and the Whiteface Reservoir.
Effective immediately, ATV's can be driven on the right shoulder or far right side of County Roads outside city limits. The ordinance is designed to make it easier for ATV operators to navigate between trails.
Load restrictions on County roads, in place since early March, will be lifted May 3 in the North Central Frost Zone, and May 4 in the North Zone.
The County Board has added a public hearing - May 10 at 9:45 a.m. in the St. Louis County Courthouse in Duluth. This is in addition ot the public hearing already scheduled for May 24 in Hibbing.