Berms will make way for mine in Empire
Anyone driving east on County Road 46 has probably noticed some large berms going up on the southwest corner of 46 and Biscayne Avenue.
The berms will make way for the construction of a mining processing facility and concrete plant that will be operated by Aggregate Industries.
Aggregate Industries Environmental Manager Bob Bieraugel said in the last few months crews have put up dirt berms around the 80-acre property. A native grass and flower mix will be planted on the berms this fall.
Construction on the processing facility will begin sometime later this year and continue into 2015. Bieraugel said the plant should begin operating mid-summer 2015. When the Empire plant is operating, Aggregate Industries will close its plant in Lakeville and reclaim the property in 2015.
The plant is one of three that has relocated to Empire Township in recent years. Fischer Sand and Aggregate has opened a facility on 170th east of Highway 3 and McNamara Construction has opened a facility on Highway 3, south of 46.
To make way for truck traffic, Empire Township planner Dean Johnson said Biscayne Avenue will be improved from the intersection at CSAH 46 to the Aggregates Industries plant entrance. No trucking will be allowed south of the Aggregates Industries entrance.