More than 2 miles of street improvements planned this year

Published 10:19 am Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Albert Lea City Council on Monday ordered the improvement of more than two miles of city roadway this summer.

Steven Jahnke

Steven Jahnke

The council ordered the preparation of plans for the 2017 neighborhood improvement project that includes the bituminous overlay, bituminous reclamation, reconstruction, miscellaneous and total curb replacement and miscellaneous sidewalk replacement on:

• Quisley Street from Hale Drive to Crystal Drive

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• Crystal Drive from Richway Drive to Quisley Street

• Lancaster Lane from Eastgate Road to Allan Drive

• Garfield Avenue from Allan Drive to Richway Drive

• Troy Road from Bridge Avenue to Glenview Drive

• Airport Road from Hi Tech Avenue to Bridge Avenue

• Westron Street from Hi Tech Avenue to Bridge Avenue

• Keystone Drive from Richway Drive to Quisley Street

• Allan Drive from Lancaster Lane to Garfield Avenue

• Portland Avenue from Richway Drive to Allan Drive

• Eastgate Road from Bridge Avenue to Garfield Avenue

• Glenview Drive from Troy Road to the south end

• Complete reconstruction of Hale Drive from Keystone Drive to Quisley Street

• Sykes Street from Hi Tech Avenue to Bridge Avenue

• Hi Tech Avenue from Aiport Road to Sykes Street

The earliest the project will start is May 15, and its completion is expected in late September.

Albert Lea City Engineer Steven Jahnke said the project is meant to extend the lifespan of the roads to 75 years. The average age of the roads is 36 years.

“We’re trying to do these roads at the right time,” he said.

Other city roads that are in worse shape are targeted for complete reconstruction, Jahnke said.

“These are roads we can extend the life of, where some of the roads are past their useful life,” he said.

The access road to the transfer station and demolition landfill is planned for reconstruction. Work is also planned on East Main Street service roads north of East Main Street from Fenton Avenue to the west end and north of East Main Street from Morningside Road to Prospect Avenue.

About $625,000 of the $1.42 million project cost is expected to come from assessments. Assessments will be over 10 years, and interest rates will depend on 2017 bonding.

The council approved plans and specifications and ordered the advertisement of bids for the realignment of Plaza Street and accepted a feasibility report and called for a public hearing for March 27 for the Lake Avenue and East College Street reconstruction project.

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