Trepania Road Getting a Much Needed Facelift
By Joe Morey
One of the main roads on the LCO Reservation, Trepania Road, which leads to the tribal office, schools and health center, is getting a long overdue improvement. Construction on the road began Monday, Oct. 22, and is expected to be finished Nov. 9. The project proposal was sent out to paving companies this summer, bids were accepted and Monarch Paving out of Amery came in with the lowest bid.
LCO Secretary-Treasurer Jason Weaver said the project, funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Tribal Roads Program, will see Trepania Road widened and ditch improvements. He said the project includes new culverts and guardrails as well.
“The Realty office has been working with the BIA forestry to plan a cut along the south side of the Trepania Road and that will allow sunshine to reach the road and aid in removing snow and ice buildup in the winters,” Weaver added.
The road is marked closed but access to tribal buildings remains. Traffic will move slowly through the work areas. Weaver said the tribal governing board thanks everyone for their patience while crews make these necessary infrastructural improvements.