New Brighton moves forward with $1.2 million street improvement project

The New Brighton City Council ordered final plans for a $2.2 million street improvement project at its April 11 meeting.

The council adopted a Comprehensive Street Plan in 1982 creating a means by which to improve and maintain high quality streets and alleys within the city. The program targets pavement of a condition where pothole patching, crack sealing and seal coating are no longer efficient or effective.

This year’s recommended work includes 1.4 miles of pavement rehabilitation, pedestrian ramp and signal system upgrades, storm sewer upgrades, water main improvements and the replacement of broken and settled curbs and gutters.

“In addition to removing the street materials and replacing them, we also look for opportunities to redo our utilities,” said Craig Schlichting, Director of Community Assets and Development. “In this case, we have a large number of drainage structures that were built out of block when they were originally constructed. We do have the tenancy for water to infiltrate that block and that undermines the integrity of the street.”

To prevent flooding and water leaks, the project will replace those drainage structures with precast solid concrete and increase the capacity of catch basins in the project corridor.

Additionally, 16 fire hydrants will be replaced.

Streets affected in this summer’s program include:

• Forest Dale Road from Silver Lake Road to Redwood Lane

• Redwood lane/8th Street NW

• Seminary Drive/Yankton College lane

• Mission House Lane/Mission Court

• 12th Avenue NW/Wedgewood Court

Forest Dale Road west of Redwood Lane, and Mimosa Lane were in the original plan outline but the condition of the streets exceeded the city’s expectations so improvements are being deferred until 2022 and 2035.

Neighborhood impact

“Access to property, mail and garbage during the project will be provided to all those residents within the project corridor throughout the project with the exception of when we have an open utility trench in front of their house or when we are doing paving operations,” said Schlichting.

Impacts to private properties including landscaping, trees, sod and irrigation will be replaced by the city.

Funding

Twenty-five percent of the funding for this project will come from special assessments. Each of the 136 properties affected by the project will be assessed approximately $2,700.

Additional funding for the project will come through a combination of general taxes, municipal state aid funds, and utility improvement funds.

An order for bids and construction is set for June 2017.

Contact Sam Lenhart at [email protected]