It's clear to people who live and work in Marshall that the road construction season, as it is commonly refered to in Minnesota, really has no definitive end. It usually starts in April, but if you're looking for an end, it's anybody's guess, at least in Marshall.
As the major lifting concludes on the Minnesota Highway 23 resurfacing project, road construction work in town is in high gear and residents of Marshall, most of whom are probably sick of the color orange and driving around cones and barricades wondering which traffic lights are working properly, need to extend their patience a little more.
The construction project on Lyon and 5th streets continues to move along, as does work on Commencement Boulevard - the street that will connect 23 to the main entrance of the high school. That project, officials say, could be done next month. Infrastructure work on West Redwood will be completed next spring. Then there's the work being done on C Street that takes you by the new future library, which has turned that intersection with East Main into a bumpy ride.
Road construction is just something we have to get used to, but for Marshall drivers, like those who commute to and from Marshall, it's been an especially long summer. The good news is it will all be worth it. It actually already is, as 23 returns to four-lane traffic.
There are sure to be more projects that will take place once the snow melts next spring, but nothing will be able to compare to all the headaches drivers have had to put up with for the last five-plus months.