Vernon work to begin in AugustPublished 11:04am Thursday, May 16, 2013
It’s no secret that the Vernon Avenue area running in front of Lake Region Healthcare is riddled with pot holes. If all goes according to plan, that stretch of road should be much improved by the time the leaves change.
City officials are addressing the pavement surface issues on Vernon Avenue from Court Street to Cascade Street. The first phase likely will get underway in August and possibly be finished in October, according to Tyson Hajicek, senior project manager for Moore Engineering Inc., who presented the preliminary engineering report to the Public Works and Safety Committee Wednesday morning.
The total cost of the first phase will be about $550,000. Half of it will come from the municipal state aid street account, with the other half from the city’s utility funds. The project does not require special assessments.
“From a roadway perspective, the issues get to be the potholing,” Hajicek said.
The worst areas, where potholes are in abundance, are along Vernon Avenue from Court Street to Cascade Street, with the Cascade intersection being particularly bad.
The solution, proposed by Moore Engineering Inc., is a two-inch mill and overlay in the driving lanes of Vernon. The parking lanes are in decent shape, Hajicek said.
The section of sanitary sewer on Vernon from Court to Mill Street has some deficiencies, so the plan is to open the roadway for sewer replacement. The water main size will also be changed from 6-inch to 10-inch pipe.
On Court Street, south of Lincoln Avenue, repair work would include the sanitary sewer, putting in one water main line instead of two, replace curbs and gutters, and adding catch basins.
Before workers can start digging up the road for the improvement project, there are some hurdles to jump through first, Hajicek said. The project needs to be designed and put out for bid. The Minnesota Department of Transportation would need to review the plans first, he said.