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Quiet year ahead for road work in Farmington

But for a sanitary sewer replacement project and seal coating work in some neighborhoods, Farmington should be relatively free of road construction delays this summer.

The sanitary sewer line to be replaced is located under Highway 3 in the area between Spruce and Oak streets. It's not a big project, Farmington engineer Kevin Schorzman said, but it may cause Spruce Street to close in that area for a couple of days this summer.

The sanitary sewer line was discovered a couple of years ago, while the city was completing the reconstruction of Walnut Street. That project included replacement of the storm sewer on the west side of Highway 3, between Elm and Walnut streets.

During that project, another sanitary sewer line, this one located on the east side of Highway 3, was discovered. The line runs under Highway 3, Schorzman said, and connects to the sanitary sewer on the west side of the highway.

"When we did (the Walnut Street project) we found an old clay tile line that drained under Highway 3. When we televised that line, we could see it was in pretty bad shape," Schorzman said. "We could see someone had damaged it and repaired it in two or three difference places."

Because the line is shallow, Schorzman suspects the damage to the line was caused by signs being placed in the median.

The sanitary sewer project scheduled for this summer will reroute the existing line into existing sanitary sewer connected to the line used by the homes on the east side of Highway 3. There are about nine houses located along the frontage road that connect into the line that goes under the highway. The sanitary sewer for those homes will be the only ones affected by the project, Schorzman said.

"Back in the day, that was probably the only option they had, to come over to the west to connect," he said. "Once east Farmington was open, that presented another opportunity to make a connection."

The project is scheduled to start after school is out. The contractor has 30 days to complete the project. Spruce Street, on the east side of Highway 3, is likely to be the only road closed due to construction, and Schorzman suspects it will only be closed for a few days.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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