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Farmington road projects may be moved up

Residents of Farmington's Akin Park Estates might have to deal with a little bit of road reconstruction next year, but at least the work will be done sooner rather than later.

That's the plan laid out by Farmington city engineer Kevin Schorzman, who brought an updated 2014-18 street reconstruction plan to the Farmington City Council for discussion Monday night.

The roads in Akin Park Estates are crumbling in places, and long past due for replacement. Originally Schorzman brought a plan to replace the roads in two projects - one in 2017, one in 2019 - because the city had hoped to levy for funds to do those projects and others over time. A reconstruct of Ninth, Hickory and Euclid streets was planned for 2021.

However, changes to state funding havenecessitated bonding, if the city wants to get the projects done in the next five years. With the potential for bonding comes a new construction schedule. The reconstruct of Ninth, Hickory and Euclid streets is now set for 2015.

Also in 2015 is a planned reconstruction of 195th Street. As it is also Co. Rd. 64, the city will participate with Dakota County in paying for the project. The city has planned to bond for that project.

The good news about bonding for the local projects as well as the 195th Street project is that the projects will be bid sooner, and will likely cost less than if they were put off under the previous schedule.

"The magnitude of the (Akin Hills Estates) project should lead to very good bids," Schorzman said.

Because the city plans to bond for the upcoming projects, a public hearing has been set for the Aug. 5 city council meeting. At that time, Schorzman will review the impact of the bond, and share the road reconstruction plans.

Council will decide whether to go ahead with the bonding and the updated road reconstruction plans after the public hearing. If the plans are approved, Schorzman expects to bid the project early in January, so it can get started early in 2014.

Chances are good the plans will move ahead.

"Those streets are really embarrassing. They're just falling apart. Something needs to happen soon," mayor Todd Larson said.

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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