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NEWS RELEASE: Public Works Construction Projects in 2017

Post Date:04/15/2017 1:26 PM
NEWS RELEASE
Public Works Construction Projects in 2017

Contact: Megan Moeller
Public Works Communications Coordinator
507-328-2436 or mmoeller@rochestermn.gov

Rochester Public Works has numerous construction projects slated for 2017. This work has many benefits including keeping the city’s infrastructure in good working condition, replacing infrastructure that has reached the end of its lifespan, and improving safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. Residents can keep apprised of Public Works Construction project by visiting www.rochestermn.gov/publicworks.

The list below highlights large-scale projects; it does not include of all construction work that will be conducted by the Public Works Department in 2017.

Street Projects
Pavement reconstruction projects involve the complete removal and replacement of the entire street section, including major repairs to public utilities buried under the streets. Reconstruction strategies are significantly more expensive than the other strategies, but are a necessary part of the life of every street.
55th Street NW (April to September)
Improvements to this corridor include reconstruction and realignment of the roadway to improve the efficiency of travel, new traffic signals, pedestrian facilities and trail connections, on-street bike lanes, and upgraded stormwater management infrastructure. Travel will be impacted by this project.
Projected cost of $6.8M, funded by Federal Funds, State Aid Funds, Local Utility Fund, Stormwater Utility

• 18th Avenue NW
(August 2017 – November 2018)
The proposed project includes reconstruction of 18th Avenue NW (CR 112) from 37th Street NW to 55th Street NW. The proposed project replaces deteriorated pavement, replaces existing signal systems, addresses aging sanitary sewer and water main utilities, provides pedestrian enhancements, improves the stormwater drainage system, constructs an urban section with a mini roundabout, adds bike lanes, and includes landscaped medians for access management improvements. Travel will be impacted by this project.
Projected cost of $6.5M, funded by Federal Funds, State Aid Funds, County Funds, Local Utility Fund,
Special Assessments

• Wheelock Drive NE
(April to October) *New Construction
The proposed project includes grading, utilities, and street construction for the extension of Wheelock Drive NE from the cul-de-sac at Fire Station #2 to an intersection with East Circle Drive NE / CSAH 22.
Projected cost of $750,000, funded by Local Funds, Water Availability and Sewer Availability Charges from future development of lots

Street Rehabilitation Projects
Pavement rehabilitation projects involve the resurfacing/repair of the street section, sometimes including curb and gutter construction or replacement. If the street is bituminous, the project includes the milling (removal) of approximately 2 inches of the existing pavement and laying 2 inches of new pavement across the full width of the street. If the street is concrete, the project includes repairs to select joints with some complete removal and replacement of entire panels.
• 4th Street SE (April to June)
This is a concrete roadway that will receive joint repairs, full panel replacements and select curb and gutter repairs from Broadway Avenue to 11th Avenue SE. The project also includes the replacement of two sanitary manholes in poor condition. The railroad crossing near the Government Center will be replaced by Canadian Pacific Railway in coordination with this project. Travel will be impacted.
Projected cost of $690,000, funded by State Aid Funds and Sanitary Sewer Funds

• 4th Avenue NW (April to May)
This is a concrete roadway that will receive joint repairs, full panel replacements and select curb and gutter repairs from Civic Center Drive NW to 7th Street NW. The project also includes the replacement of sanitary manhole and storm manhole covers. Travel will be impacted.
Projected cost of $250,000, funded by State Aid Funds and Sanitary Sewer Funds

• 20th Street SE (April to June)
This is a concrete roadway that will receive joint repairs, full panel replacements and select curb and gutter repairs from 3rd Avenue SE to just east of the railroad tracks near Seneca. The project also includes the replacement of sanitary manhole covers, storm manhole covers and water main replacement. The two railroad crossings near Seneca will be replaced by Canadian Pacific Railway in coordination with this project. Travel will be impacted.
Projected cost of $505,000, funded by State Aid Funds and Water Utility Funds

• Chip sealing of various streets according to maintenance schedule (June to August)
Travel will be impacted. Scheduled streets can be viewed here: https://tinyurl.com/2017CORChipSeal
Projected cost of $776,000, funded by the Tax Levi

• Mill and overlay of various streets according to maintenance schedule (April to June)
Travel will be impacted. Scheduled streets can be viewed here: https://tinyurl.com/2017CORMillOverlay
Projected cost of $1,603,00, funded by the Tax Levi

Signal Projects
• 20th Street SE and Broadway (April to June)
Signals at this intersection will be upgraded, including the use of LED lights in the signal system, new lane configurations including dedicated left turns with flashing yellow lights, and technology that will bring the system into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Travel will be impacted.
Projected cost of $265,000, funded by Trunk Highway 63 Turnback Funds

• Civic Center Drive at 16th, 11th, 6th, and 4th Avenues NW (May to July)
Upgrades at these intersections will include improved vehicle detection technology and improved signal head alignment over the traffic lanes. Flashing yellow arrows that allow dedicated left turn movements will be installed at 6th Avenue (for all directions) and at 4th Avenue (for East/West directions). Travel will be impacted.
Projected cost of $505,000, funded by Local Street Rehabilitation Funds

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