McKay Tunnel In Alexandria

Blaine Green is a civil engineer with Widseth Smith Nolting. They and Ferguson Brothers Excavating are good at digging tunnels in Alexandria.

One began July 23rd.  Weather permitting, McKay Avenue traffic will be zipping back and forth on top of it in 14 days.

14,000 yards of cement is being used to create this passage.  In addition to the tunnel, a 1/4 mile trail will extend from the apartments just east of County Road 46 to Woodland School on the west.

Now it’s time for everyone’s internet favorite, a Cat video:

Ferguson Brothers dug some 20 feet below grade to create an opening for the 100-foot long tunnel. Inside it is 12 feet x 10 feet.

Blaine says it’s situated on good soil that will have good drainage.  The tunnel itself is built from 26 pre-cast boxes that come from the Forterra Company. 

A Landwehr crane that can extend over 400 feet picked up the boxes and put them back down.  It’s based in St. Cloud.


Brian is a ‘dozer’ operator.

‘Dozer.’ That’s what we in the digging business call a bulldozer. (Hey, I’m in the digging business.  Every day I dig Central Minnesota’s Greatest Hits.)

Here I am explaining to Blaine and Brian how the trail is supposed to enter the tunnel, go under the street, and then back up on the other side.

See how much they appreciate my input?

Before I left, I had to share this with the fellas…

One morning a local highway department crew reached their job-site and realized they had forgotten all their shovels. The crew’s foreman radioed the office and told his supervisor of the situation. The supervisor radioed back and said, “Don’t worry, we’ll send some shovels … until they arrive, just lean on each other.”

God speed, Blaine and Brian.  We’re all counting on you.

(This blog was filmed in breathtaking “TunnelVision!”)


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