Since 1994 the City has been conducting a program to reconstruct streets throughout the community. This is referred to as the Pavement Management Program, which will eventually reconstruct or rehabilitate every City street on a given schedule. The 2014 scheduled Pavement Management area is in Districts F1 and F4 (see map).
The rehabilitation method proposed for the streets in District F1 and District F4 is to remove the existing asphalt surface and replace it with a new surface that will consist of two lifts of bituminous. Only spot curb replacement will be completed as needed. Also proposed are some minor utility improvements for sanitary sewer, water, and storm sewer.
Work is expected to begin May 2014.
Feasibility Report for 2014 Pavement Management Project (PDF - 25 MB)
The water tank (tower) located at 6950 Meadow Grass Avenue S. will be reconditioned beginning in April.
This work is expected to be completed by June 21, 2014. The City has contracted the work which will be done weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.. There is a possibility of weekend work from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
This project includes the removal of portions of the existing coatings (paint) and application of new coatings (paint). During this process, there will be temporary installations of telecommunications equipment adjacent to the water tower. There may be some contractor vehicles parking along the driveway of the water tower site.
Because the contractor will be using abrasive blasting methods for spot exterior coating removal, a Containment System will be utilized to control the release of blasting emissions. Therefore, no dust emissions should be produced by the blast operations. During transfer of clean blast abrasive from the bulk storage tank to the blast pots, some dust may be visible.
Residents near the water tower may wish to take the following additional precautions during the project to minimize the potential inconvenience of this work:
The Meadow Grass Park playground adjacent to the water tank will be closed for safety reasons while the tank is reconditioned.
Seal Coating for Spring 2013 is complete
Seal coating is a common preventive maintenance activity in Minnesota performed by most cities, counties, and MN/Dot districts.
Cars should not be parked on streets being seal coated. "No Parking" signs will be posted 24-hours in advance of seal coating.
Please refer to map or call Public Works at 651-458-2808 with questions.
The primary reason to seal coat a bituminous pavement is to protect the pavement from the deteriorating affects of sun and water. When the pavement is exposed to sun, wind and water, the bituminous hardens, causing the pavement to become more brittle. As a result, the pavement will crack because it is unable to bend and flex when exposed to traffic and temperature changes. A seal coat combats this situation by providing a waterproof membrane, which not only slows down the hardening process, but also helps the pavement to shed water, preventing it from entering the gravel sub-base material.