Reviewing the roads: Beltrami County Commissioners take a tour to inspect highway conditions
BEMIDJI -- Road projects from the past, present and future were given a once-over by Beltrami County officials Tuesday during an annual highway tour.
At one of the first stops on the tour -- at Bemidji High School to observe Division Street traffic -- County Engineer Bruce Hasbargen said the daylong trip allows the commissioners to see roads and road projects outside of their own districts.
"They get to see the results of the projects from this year, and where the future projects will be. It's not just next year's, but those scheduled out in our five-year improvement program," Hasbargen said. "It weighs on their approval of the five-year plan. I'm constantly looking at the engineering side, but there's a political side, too. That's where the commissioners' tour comes in."