COLD SPRING -- A large road construction project in the middle of Stearns County has been pushed back a week.  The County Highway 50 reclamation project was to get started Monday.  However, the contractor has delayed the start until the last week of May.

County Highway 50 connects the communities of Avon and Cold Spring and will be completely redone with all new pavement.

Crews will begin grinding off the existing pavement Monday between the north end of Cold Spring to County Road 159 in Avon. Paving of the roadway will begin approximately two weeks later.

Local traffic will continue to have access but all other traffic is encouraged to use alternate routes.

The $2.3-million project covers just under 11 miles and is scheduled to be completed in late June.