0627.Roads

Brian Hansel | Daily Journal

Reconstructing the road: Work is presently underway on the Mt. Faith project in northeast Fergus Falls. The $2.8 million job involves a full reconstruction of city services to residences on six streets and avenues.

Work is underway on the East Mt. Faith project and three more projects are on tap as the City of Fergus Falls moves into summer of 2019.

R.L. Larson Excavating will be doing to construction work on the $3.7 million East Mt. Faith job. Moore Engineering has signed a contract for the engineering work.

According to City Engineer Brian Yavarow the improvements will consist of street, sanitary sewer, water main and storm sewer improvements.

Avenues affected include East Mt. Faith, East Highland, East Summit and North Burlington. North Sheridan Street is also included.

A complete construction newsletter can be found on the city website.

The first preconstruction meeting has been held on the $2.27 million Regional Treatment Center Phase II Deconstruction Project according to Yavarow.

Abatement work will lead off the project and demolition work on 200,000 square feet of former state hospital buildings begins within two weeks.

Carlton Companies of Good Thunder, a community south of Mankato, has been contracted to carry out the work, which is expected to reach into the fall.

Plans for a housing project on the RTC grounds are in the works.

Based on the contractor’s performance, Phase II work should wrap up in the spring of 2020.

A preconstruction meeting for a $1.1 million resurfacing project on West Lincoln Avenue, between Broadway Avenue and the I-94 Freeway, is scheduled in two weeks according to Yavarow. Eighty percent of the cost is being handled by the federal government with the remainder coming from municipal state aid coffers.

The 1.8-mile project has been turned over to Central Specialties of Alexandria, a construction firm that recently completed a milling and paving job on College Way.

Yavarow indicated there would be no detours and a phased traffic plan would be followed.

Yavarow said the city recently took bids on their annual overlay work. The project will be handled by Mark Lee Asphalt and Paving and by Asphalt Surface Technologies Corporation (ASTC).

Yavarow likes the progress coming to Fergus Falls this summer.

“I’m a firm believer of curbside appeal,” Yavarow said.

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