New Brighton’s 2017 street improvements to begin this month

The New Brighton City Council unanimously accepted a bid and awarded a contract June 27 for the 2017 street improvement project plans and construction is beginning sometime this July.

The council approved final plans and specifications in April, and authorized staff to advertise for bids. Six bids were received and although all six bids were below the estimate, city staff recommended that the council award the contract to T.A. Schifsky & Sons Inc., in the amount of $1,115,132.10. The original engineers estimate was $1,600,000.

“There are quite a bit of saving with the project as bid this year,” Craig Schlichting, Director of Community Assets and Development. “We believe that is based on the bituminous prices being quite lower than what we expected and the difficulty of this project is quite a bit easier than what we have had in the last two years.”

This project consists of the reconstruction of approximately 1.4 miles of residential streets by the removal of the existing bituminous surfacing, removal and replacement of broken or settled sections of concrete curb and gutter, storm sewer construction, hydrant and valve replacement, street excavation and grading, aggregate base, bituminous surfacing, and boulevard repair improvements.

Streets were selected based on their age and condition.

Streets affected in this summer’s program include:

• Forest Dale Road from Silver Lake Road to Redwood Lane

• Redwood lane from 5th Street NW to cul-de-sac

• 8th Street NW from Redwood Lane to cul-de-sac

• Seminary Drive from Stinson Boulevard to cul-de-sac

• Yankton College Lane from 5th Street NW to Seminary Drive

• Mission House Lane from 5th Street NW to Seminary Drive

• Mission Court from Mission House Lane to cul-de-sac

• 12th Avenue NW from County Road E to cul-de-sac

• Wedgewood Court from County Road E to cul-de-sac

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

In a previous council meeting Schlichting stated that 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 an open utility trench is in front of the residence’s house or when paving operations are taking place.

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 $2,049 for engineering, legal, soil borings, testing, and construction costs.

“We were happy with the bids we received but until the project is done the final costs are unknown but we anticipate the assessments coming in the estimated rate or less,” said Schlichting.

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

The project is expected to be complete by October 31.

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