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Buildings being demolished for highway construction

Buildings are being demolished in Wadena this week in order to make way for changes in the traffic flow through the city.

Houle Excavating of Little Falls was contracted by the MnDOT to demolish and remove several structures in town starting with the former Hanson Tire, former Star Tribune Depot, former Wadena Light and Water and former Fastenal. Jake Houle was demolishing the Hanson Tire building Thursday morning and said the process of tearing down and removing the four buildings will likely take a few weeks.

The Hanson Tire building was not a part of the MnDOT Hwy 10 project, but was included in the process with a request by Wadena County commissioners. The Hanson Tire building is being removed to make way for the realignment of CSAH 4 and the other buildings are being removed for the redevelopment of Hwy 10, according to Wadena County engineer Ryan Odden.

The county will award bids for CSAH 4 realignment in April with work to follow this summer. In 2016, the county acquired a parcel of land between State Highway 10 and County Highway 4 and revised a project scope to reflect a realignment which would move the junction of the county highway and the state highway east of its present location at Second Street NE.

"I think everybody will appreciate the project," Odden said. "The intersection at John's Car Care is difficult to navigate. I think the traveling public will appreciate it."

Most of the Hwy 10 work will not take place until 2019.