Intersection will be studied by LS County

Jake Keohen

Montgomery Messenger

The Le Sueur County Board approved the expenditure of more than $30,000 for a planning study on the County State Aid Highway 29 hill and County Road 144 intersection just south of New Prague. The action was taken at its September 6 meeting.

Engineering proposals had been received from five firms, with Short Elliott and Hendrickson coming in with the low bid of $30,801.

Awarding of the contract came during the monthly report from County Highway Engineer Darrell Pettis, who recommended acceptance of the SEH proposal while stressing the need for the study because of the rapid development in the southeast New Prague area.

Pettis said the project development/plan preparation would be the initial step in a very expensive project, estimated at $1 million for the 1/2-mile roadway going east from the intersection. Cutting down the hill on 29 would be a part of the project, providing better visibility on the heavily traveled road.

Developers have purchased farmland on both sides of 29, with residential housing planned in the near future.

Pettis said an old traffic count on 29 was about 200 vehicles per day, back in the 1970s. Today

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