FF Council to address VernonPublished 10:46am Friday, March 29, 2013
Fergus Falls hopes to take the first step toward a street project that could address some of the pothole concerns on Vernon Avenue at Monday’s city council meeting.
In order to address the pavement surface issues, the city is first looking at the underground utilities to make sure that work is well placed, according to city engineer Dan Edwards.
They hope to have a proposal from an engineering consultant for the meeting so it can be evaluated, Edwards said. The area they’re looking at is Vernon Avenue from Court Street to Arlington.
“This is the initial step to move any project forward to construction,” Edwards said.
One of the items they might look at is increasing the size of the pipes underground, Edwards said, because they’re concerned about the condition of the 6-inch cast iron pipes that are in place now. They should have a 10-inch water main running under Vernon Avenue, he said.
“Before we go ahead… we want to make sure the underground is in the right condition,” Edwards said at the Finance, Personnel and Development committee meeting Wednesday.
There are a lot of options in determining “how we might go about upgrading that 6-inch to a 10-inch,” Edwards said. That will be part of the proposal, to evaluate the options. They will look at what’s most economical and what kind of time frame one type of work would have on Vernon Avenue.
“They look at the whole thing as a project… to see what’s best combined for the city to do,” Edwards said.
Potential projects schedules would be part of the proposal to “help determine how much of the project gets done this year,” Edwards said.