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Farmington plans ahead for street work

A little planning ahead this spring may pay off. At least, that’s what Farmington city engineer Kevin Schorzman hopes will happen after the city takes road core samples around the area of Hickory and Ninth streets later this spring.

On Monday, the Farmington City Council gave Schorzman the go-ahead to start collecting core samples of several older streets on the eastern side of the city. Depending upon the condition of the streets, a full or partial rehabilitation project will likely be on the books for 2015.

The proposed project area includes Maple Street between Hwy. 3 and 11th Street; Ninth and Tenth streets from Maple to County State Aid Highway 50/Ash Street; and Hickory between Ninth and Tenth.

Schorzman isn’t sure how old the streets are, but city records show the neighborhood was originally platted in 1960. That leads him to believe the streets there are at least 50 years old. Thanks to a favorable bid on the Akin Park Estates project in the city’s midsection, enough money will be available next year to complete the rehabilitation to the Ninth and Hickory neighborhood.

However, it is hard to know, without taking samples of the pavement and the base beneath it, whether the city should plan a partial or full road rehabilitation next year.

“That’s what we’d like to get started on, so we have time to come back to the council, and with those results, discuss the scope of the project,” Schorzman told council members Monday. “This (neighborhood) is a little bit older, so we may not have as good of a base under the road.”

Now that the council has approved the initial steps, the city will send letters to residents in the neighborhood to let them know what is coming this spring. City staff will coordinate the core drilling and analysis, then bring the results and a recommendation to the city council for approval.

If the results show a need for full-depth pavement rehabilitation — which may include full curb replacement and work on the aggregate base beneath the road — Schorzman said he may want to include a small storm sewer improvement project. The storm sewer project would be funded through the storm water fund.

“That just sets us up for future opportunities if redevelopment occurs in the neighborhood to the west of there,” he said. “It gives us something to tie into.”

By doing this work early, Schorzman hopes to submit the plan for bids early in next year’s bidding season. Doing so, he said, may help to keep the construction lower.

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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