Farmington road work will be done by the end of August
August will see the completion of two minor road projects around Farmington.
Folks around downtown Farmington have likely noticed the construction work happening on the east side of Highway 3, at the intersection of Spruce Street. Work at that intersection started in mid-July, and is expected to be finished by mid-August.
The intersection has been closed so crews can construct a new sanitary sewer line under the east frontage road of Highway 3. The project was ordered last spring, Farmington city engineer Kevin Schorzman said, to move the sanitary sewer lines that had served the houses on the frontage road.
The old sanitary sewer lines ran from the east side of Highway 3, under the highway and connected into the system on the west side of the highway. The sewer lines were discovered a few years ago, when the city reconstructed Walnut Street, Schorzman said.
"Those lines had been broken in the median and repaired several times over the years," Schorzman said. "In some places it was only about two feet below the bottom of the ditch."
Those lines have been rerouted to connect into the East Farmington sanitary sewer system on the east side of Highway 3. The majority of the sewer line work has been completed, now all that is left is to reconstruct that section of the frontage road.
That should be done within the next couple of weeks, Schorzman said.
A second road project is starting this month, but it should be done by Aug. 30. That project is to address some dips in Flagstaff Avenue, caused by settling of the material below the road.
Four separate areas of Flagstaff will be addressed as part of the project, Schorzman said. The areas that will be worked on have settled the most, causing something significant drops in those sections of the roads. There is one to the north of Farmington High School, one at the intersection of Flagstaff Avenue, one just to the west of Flagstaff Avenue, and another one at the turn lane to go west over to Cedar Avenue.
The road is only about five years old. It is not uncommon, though, for roads to settle over time.
"Downtown, we're maybe digging a hole 15 to 20 feet deep. On Flagstaff, we were digging 50 feet deep. We cannot compact material the same way nature has compacted it over of thousands and thousands of years," Schorzman said. "It's reasonable to think you will get some settlement. What we were waiting to do is let it settle enough so we would only have to do these repairs once."
The project should be complete by the beginning of the school year, but anyone going out to the high school over the next month should be aware there may be delays due to construction. The best bet for people going to the high school, Schorzman said, is to come across County Road 50 and enter the high school from the south, as all of the work that is planned will be to the north of the school site. Updates will be posted on the city's website, www.ci.farmington.mn.us.