By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Lester Prairie will take the next step toward a Second Avenue South and Pine Street improvement project with an open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at city hall.
The purpose of the open house is to discuss the preliminary design of the project.
There will be no formal presentation, but residents will have the opportunity to review project information and see the proposed layout at any time during the open house.
Representatives from the city, McLeod County, and Bolton & Menk (the city engineer’s office) will be present to discuss the project, listen to residents’ concerns, and answer questions.
The city and the county began discussing infrastructure improvements in 2009.
Recently, they entered into an agreement to complete improvements to county roads that are within city limits.
The most significant of these include:
• complete street reconstruction of Second Avenue South and Pine Street, including curb and gutter.
• street widening and addition of curb and gutter at the west end of Second Avenue South.
• new sidewalk construction on the south side of Second Avenue South.
• storm sewer additions/replacements.
• partial sanitary sewer replacement.
• miscellaneous sanitary sewer and water main repairs.
• driveway and turf restoration.
Other minor improvements are planned on First Avenue North (curb/shoulder repair, crack sealing, and seal coating).
As a result of these improvements, the city will accept First Avenue North and Pine Street North as a “turnback” from McLeod County.
Tentative project schedule
The project has not been designed or awarded, and the schedule has not been determined. However, if things go as planned, the preferred schedule will include:
• preliminary design items (easement acquisition, utility coordination, county coordination) will take place this summer.
• preparation of plans and specifications will be completed fall/winter 2012-13.
• advertising and bidding, winter 2013.
• award project, spring 2013.
• construction, May-August 2013.
• final paving, miscellaneous repair and restoration, summer 2014.
Affected residents will be kept informed of progress as the project proceeds.
Anyone who has questions or concerns, but is unable to attend the open house may contact City Engineer Jake Saulsbury at (952) 448-8838, ext. 2397, or firstname.lastname@example.org.