Highway 53 construction south of Cook

South-bound lanes of Higway 53 opened, August 06, 2014.
Eight miles south of Cook, the Country Roads Gift Shop
The road to the left is the north-bound lane,
I am traveling on the new south-bound lane.
The road on the right is a service lane between
the Log cabin store and the church gift shop.

The construction is not done, but today we drove this beautiful highway.
The north-bound lanes is limited to one-lane at this time. It has to have
the final coat of blacktop, then stripes painted and signs erected.

February 2013, construction has started on the last section of the four-lane highway to Cook from Viriginia. This section of ten miles, from mile marker 82 to 92 at the City of Cook.

KGM Construction of Angora has the contract. Their headquarters are at Sherman's Corner five miles south of Cook at the intersection of highway 53 and highways 1 and 22. They also constructed the ten miles of new four-lane Highway 53, ten miles from north of Virginia to the Muuska Mountain, a few years ago. They did a wonderfull job on this section of the highway, it is the nicest road in our area.

KGM was started by the childen of Forrest Abramson of Orr and is operated by Karla, Gary, Mark and Kerry, thus KGM. They hire a lot of local poeple so that is a great benefit to the area. Karla passed away on March 28, 2013 at the age of 52.

Check this information from the Minnesota Department of Transportation web site.

Map of the future road

The new four-lane at Sherman's Corner
(Highway 22 intersection, west to Highway 73)

Highway 1 intersection east toward Tower, with the new Highway 53 four-lane.
(This intersection is where the Nieters House stood, at Sherman's Corner)


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