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Underpass for Woodland in the works

Students going to Woodland Elementary School could soon have a safer option when walking to school by using a pedestrian underpass on County Road 46.

The underpass would be connected to the school via a sidewalk and trail that would extend east all the way to the intersection of Rosewood Lane and Melody Road.

An agreement with Douglas County, the City of Alexandria and the Alexandria School District is on the table and county commissioners gave their verbal agreement at Tuesday's regular board meeting.

Douglas County Public Works Director Dave Robley presented the agreement to commissioners, noting that city and school officials have to approve it at their next meetings.

The agreement states that the underpass, at an estimated cost of $635,860, will be paid for by the county, the city and the school district. The city and county will pay for equal shares of $288,630, with the district contributing $58,610.

Once the project is completed, the county would assume responsibility for it, and it would become part of the County Road 46 state aid system. However, the city of Alexandria would provide and pay for the electrical power for the lighting system, and the school district would maintain the trail, including snow removal, patching and resurfacing, according to Robley.

The agreement won't be in place until all three entities have passed a resolution accepting the agreement and its terms.

"This project is well worth it, for the safety of the kids," said Commissioner Charlie Meyer. "I think we should do it."

The county expects to approve its resolution at the Oct. 16 board meeting. That will follow an Oct. 8 meeting of the Alexandria City Council, and an Oct. 15 meeting of the Alexandria School Board.

Pike Road agreement

Douglas County has agreed to help Carlos Township with one of its roads, Pike Road, which is roughly three miles south of Carlos.

Robley provided options to the commissioners that included adding extra gravel, at the lowest cost of about $70,000, to rebuilding and repaving at a cost close to $500,000.

The county agreed to "a one-time deal" of adding six inches of gravel to the existing road with the county picking up three-fourths of the cost ($52,500) and the township picking up the rest. In addition, the township has to maintain it.

Meyer's motion for the cost of the project to come from Public Works fund balance was approved. Work on the road is expected to be completed yet this fall.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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