Pavement Management — 2019

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May 21, 2019 

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Update of the construction activities to expect this week (May 20) and the following week (May 27):

Change in Phasing Plan/Schedule (see Phasing Plan)

Recent heavy rains have created temporary high ground water conditions making underground construction activities on some streets challenging. In order to maximize our short construction season, the city and the contractor has agreed on a change to the phasing plan and schedule. 

Summary of changes:

  • Pennsylvania Avenue and Quebec Drive  (north of Cedar Lake Road) is moved from Phase 3 to Phase 4.
  • Sumter Avenue, 25th Street and 26th Street (south of Cedar Lake Road) will be moved from Phase 4 to Phase 3. 22nd Street to remain in Phase 3.
    • The construction on Phase 3 street segments to begin on Thursday May 23 (weather dependent).
  • Quebec Avenue (south of Cedar Lake Road) will remain in Phase 4.

We understand that this is a change to the initial phasing and schedule plan shared with the neighborhood before construction begin but our goal is to complete a high quality product in the most efficient, responsible way. These phasing and schedule adjustments will help to minimize the possibility of future delays. 

Please take a look at the updated phasing plan. 

Phase 1 (see Phasing Plan)

  • CenterPoint Energy is working on their gas main and gas service replacement work in Phase 1.

Phase 2

  • The utility contractor, Widmor Construction, is currently working on watermain replacement on Hampshire Avenue.
    • Heavy rains and high ground water has slowed the work on Hampshire Avenue. Once weather allows, the contractor will finish the watermain replacement on Hampshire Avenue. 
    • After the watermain is completed, they will come back and work on replacing the water services from the new main to the curb stop (shut off valve in the boulevard). This work is expected to start next week. 
    • You can expect road closures on Hampshire Avenue during constructions hours while the watermain is being completed.

Phase 3

  • Starting on Thursday, May 23 (weather dependent), the contractor will begin working in Phase 3 reclaiming the existing bituminous pavement.
    • This includes the following streets:
      • Sumter Avenue (26th Street to Cedar Lake Road)
      • 25th Street (26th Street to Sumter Avenue)
      • 26th Street (Virginia Avenue to Sumter Avenue)
      • 22nd Street (Texas Avenue to east of Pennsylvania Avenue)
  • The reclaimed pavement material will eventually be removed from the street before watermain replacement work can begin.
  • Please locate and remove any sprinkler systems or invisible fences in the city right of way. It is the property owner's responsibility to remove these items prior to construction. 
  • More information on the start date of watermain replacement in Phase 3 will be provided in future email updates.

**Please look for door hangers on your front door as this is one way city staff will keep you updated on major work and any expected impacts.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact city staff.

On behalf of the city of St. Louis Park, we appreciate your continued patience during all phases of construction.

Project background

The city's Pavement Management Program proactively address the condition of the residential streets within the city. The program was developed in 2003 to extend pavement life and enhance system-wide performance in a cost-effective and efficient way by providing the right pavement strategy and the right time. In addition to the street and utility work, the city council has provided staff direction to look at all aspects of the neighborhood livability and "living streets" considerations as a part of our transportation projects. As part of project development, staff has review the street, utilities, fiber, sidewalk network, storm water runoff, traffic management and tree preservation. 

The 2019 Pavement Management Project improvements will be done in area seven of the city's eight pavement management areas, and includes work in the Pennsylvania Park, Willow Park and Eliot View neighborhoods.

The 2019 project is included in the Capital Improvement Program approved by the St. Louis Park City Council. These improvements are proposed to be paid for using city funds; there are no proposed assessments to property owners for this project.

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