Lake County to include two roads in state DOT’s rumble strip project

The Lake County Commission has authorized the county’s Highway Superintendent to move forward with including a couple of county roads in the state’s rumble strip project.

Highway Superintendent Nels Nelson told commissioners during their meeting Tuesday that he would like to add 464th Avenue from Highway 34 south to the county line and also 463rd Avenue from Highway 34 north to 234th Street as potential routes for rumble strips. 

Sheriff Tim Walburg said he didn’t think there should be rumble strips put in on the area of 464th Avenue by the county line, as there are a number of accidents in that area already.  He asked if Nelson could work with Minnehaha County to see what it’s plans are for that section of the highway.  

Nelson said there is concern about the problem that rumble strips cause for motorcycles, but he said that the state DOT has changed how the strips are put in.

Nelson said the project is federally funded.  He suggested that if they do the rumble strip project this year, then they hold off on chip sealing these roads until next year.  

Commissioners approved a motion authorizing Nelson to proceed with including the two county roads into the state DOT’s Local System Rumble Strip Project.  He said he can provide commissioners more specifications on the project at their next meeting.