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Vernon street project awaits final approval

Published 11:18am Friday, July 12, 2013

A stretch of Vernon Avenue known for its potholes will likely be repaired by the end of September.

The street project will be addressed at Monday’s Fergus Falls City Council meeting, seeking approval of plans and specifications and to authorize advertising for bids, according to City Engineer Dan Edwards. The plans have been in the hands of MnDOT for review, which the city hoped would be done by the end of Thursday.

“What we’re looking at on Vernon Avenue is we’re going to replace the water main from Court Street to Cascade Street,” Edwards said. A newer, larger water main will go in its place.

The project will replace the pavement from Court through the Cascade intersection on Vernon.

“The end result that people will notice is that there will be a new road surface in there,” Edwards said.

It also includes replacing the sanitary sewer from Court to Mill Street.

If all goes as planned, the city will have an advertisement published the same day as the council meeting, so it would allow three weeks between meetings. They would be able to open the project for bids at the Aug. 5 council meeting and potentially approve a contractor, rather than wait until Aug. 19. They’re trying to accelerate the process by a couple of weeks, Edwards said.

The city would finalize a completion date for the Vernon project, then the contractor would provide a construction schedule for the city’s review. A completion date should be finalized before Monday, Edwards said, but it will probably be mid- to late September.

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.

The worst areas, where potholes are in abundance, are along Vernon Avenue from Court to Cascade, with the Cascade intersection being particularly bad.

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