Street projects on schedulePublished 11:14am Wednesday, July 3, 2013
By Heather Rule
Various street and utility replacement projects in Fergus Falls should be completed by the end of the month, according to City Engineer Dan Edwards.
The city council approved the assessments for the $2.67 million city project No. 5948 at its meeting Monday. Locations for the street and utility replacements (and some sewer and water services) include: Channing Avenue, Bancroft Avenue, Alcott Avenue and Vasa Avenue from Mill Street to Union Avenue; Mill Street and Court Street from Channing Avenue to Vasa Avenue; Arlington Street from Vernon Avenue to Alcott Avenue; Vasa Avenue from Arlington Street to Sheridan Street.
• City staff identified 10 streets to be part of this year’s annual chip seal improvement projects. They include the following: Andrew Drive, Aspen Lane, Aspenwood Trail, Frontier Drive, Kristin Court, Lana Court, Laura Lane, Lydia Lane, Meadowlark Lane and Oriole Drive. Several patches and crack-fill areas have also been identified for this year’s work.
Five mill and overlay projects were identified in Fergus Falls, including Lincoln Avenue (Cascade Street to Friberg Avenue), Fourth Avenue (Lincoln Avenue to Cavour Avenue), Cavour Avenue (College Way to Fourth Avenue), Seventh Avenue (Buse Street to Broadway) and Second Avenue (Linden Street to Spruce Street).
Quotes will be presented in July, and the improvements should be constructed in August.
The council passed a resolution to authorize seeking quotes for the seal coat projects, and mill and overlay projects. A total of $90,000 was earmarked in the 2013 budget for the chip seal project, with $100,000 for the mill and overlay project.
Staff used the Pavement Condition Index, field conditions, utilities and potential projects or conflicts in determining which projects to tackle.
• Cleveland Avenue north of Fir Avenue is scheduled for reconstruction during the 2014 construction season. The city council approved initiating the project Monday.
The project would include bituminous resurfacing for Fir Avenue from Union Avenue to Friberg Avenue. It’s part of the city’s Capital Improvement Plan for 2014. City staff is reviewing underground utilities to determine the full scope of the project.
Once that’s complete, staff will get an engineering services proposal from Moore Engineering to provide the engineer’s report, design, plans and specifications for the project. The city would work with Otter Tail County’s planned project for bidding purposes.
Municipal State Aid Funds (gas tax) would primarily fund this Fir Avenue project.
• The Tower Road Bridge project is also nearing completion. According to Edwards, crews started work Monday on the bituminous bike path along Tower Road and its new bridge. With some other grating and concrete work to be completed as well, the project should be complete by July 12.