The first step for the project is data collection. Preliminary survey work was completed in 2018. The collected information will help in preparing preliminary designs that will establish estimated costs of street, sidewalk and utility improvements. More information on the project will be presented to the public in 2019.
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.
In early 2020, the St. Louis Park City Council will host a public hearing for the project. At that time, city staff will present the recommended design along with public input received from the neighborhood meetings. After the public hearing, the council will vote on whether or not to move forward with the project. If the project is approved, staff will prepare for construction to begin in spring 2020.
The 2020 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.