By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN As the snow melts and warmer weather approaches, Lester Prairie is preparing for a busy summer.
The city recently opened bids for the 2013 infrastructure rehabilitation project (turnback project).
City engineer Jake Saulsbury will present a recommendation, and the council is expected to award the project during the Tuesday, April 9 city council meeting.
The work will include improvements to Second Avenue South, Pine Street South, Pine Street North, and First Avenue North.
The city council approved plans and specifications for the project during its Feb. 5 meeting, and authorized Saulsbury to advertise for bids.
The scope of work for the project includes:
• street and storm sewer reconstruction along Second Avenue South;
• widening and adding curb and gutter to the west end of Second Avenue South;
• adding sidewalk along the south side of Second Avenue South;
• street and storm sewer reconstruction on Pine Street;
• sewer and water improvements; and
• patching and sealcoating First Avenue North.
Construction could begin as soon as road restrictions are lifted. Construction is expected to take three to four months, according to Saulsbury.
The project is the result of negotiations that have taken place over the past few years between the city and McLeod County.
The county agreed to contribute funds toward the improvements, in exchange for which the city agreed to accept the turnback of First Avenue North and Pine Street North (CSAH 23), which is currently a county road, but will become a city street under the agreement.
The city conducted a public information meeting about the project in 2012 to gather input and answer questions from residents.
Final paving and completion of the project is expected to take place in 2014.