August 13, 2019
Kickoff Open House #1 (2020 Pavement Management Project)
You are invited to attend a public meeting for the 2020 Pavement Management project scheduled for:
Thursday, September 5, 2019
6 -7:30 p.m., Presentation at 6:15 p.m.
Community Room, First Floor, City Hall
5005 Minnetonka Blvd, St. Louis Park
The purpose of this meeting is to gather feedback from the neighborhood. At this meeting, you will learn more about the project and view preliminary maps showing the proposed street and utility improvements. There will be a short presentation followed by the opportunity to talk to staff and discuss any additions you would like us to evaluate. This is the time to share your observations about drainage, sidewalks, trails, traffic questions, etc. In addition, we would like your help to identify locations where building new sidewalk would be beneficial to getting around the neighborhood. This feedback will influence what is brought forward for final plans.
A number of streets in the Fern Neighborhood are scheduled for rehabilitation during the 2020 and 2021 construction season. A map showing the project scope is below. The projects will include reconstructing or rehabilitating roads, replacing watermain, replacing or repairing storm and sanitary sewers, adding or repairing sidewalks and adding bikeways.
This project presents an opportunity to improve the pedestrian and sidewalk network to make it safer for everyone. Before we start the project, we want to hear from neighborhood residents and others with an interest in this area. This will help us in trying to address everyone’s needs and concerns while delivering a quality project that will be of use for a number of years. A couple of topics that we want to understand before we continue with project planning include:
- How people move about the neighborhood and where we should focus on installing or improving sidewalks and intersections.
- How we can be most effective in hosting meetings and events, sharing information and conducting construction activities in the area.
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.
No improvements or construction in the area will occur until there has been opportunity for public input on the project, which will start during summer and fall 2019. At that time, you will be invited to neighborhood meetings with city staff to discuss the project scope and review preliminary plans. This is the time to get involved and talk with city staff about what's planned for your neighborhood.
The 2020 and 2021 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.