Co. Rd. 15 was once again the scene of a fatal crash this week, as a Big Lake man died in a single car accident. Steven Baragar, 39, lost control of his car early Wednesday morning, slid off the roadway and crashed into a tree, dying at the scene. The accident took place on Co. Rd. 15, just north of Co. Rd. 35. Time of the mishap was 5:39 a.m., the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office reports. Witnesses reported Baragar was traveling southbound and had just completed a pass before losing control of his vehicle, the sheriff reports. Slick roadways may have been a factor in the accident. It is the second fatal motor vehicle accident on Co. Rd. 15 in the past three weeks. A Fridley man, Ronald Talbot, 48, died in a three-vehicle accident Dec. 27 in the same vicinity as Baragar’s accident. Site of that mishap, a head-on collision, was at the intersection of 211th Avenue and Co. Rd. 15. Although investigations are yet complete, indications are that both accidents may have been driver error. Co. Rd. 15, a heavily-travelled arterial route from the Orrock area to Hwy. 10, is due for a reconstruction which will improve travel conditions, over the next three years. The roadway will undergo a complete reconstruct at its northern point, from Co. Rd. 4 south to the Orrock Twp. line, in 2013. In 2014, the roadway will be improved from Co. Rd. 79 southerly to Hwy. 10. In 2015, the middle portion of the road, from the Orrock Twp. line southerly to Co. Rd. 79, will be improved. County Commissioner Ewald Petersen reports a goodly share of the southerly portion of the improvements will be cost-shared by the federal government. The middle and northern sections, however, will be c county-state financed. Improvements will include a new road surface, widened shoulders and turn lanes in high-volume areas.