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Southwest utility project ending

A rain garden has been installed in southwest Park Rapids to help with storm water retention. The garden is located at Lindquist Park. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

The southwest Park Rapids utility and road construction project is wrapping up for the season, with crews recently finishing a rain garden and landscaping.

The rain garden is part of the storm water portion of the project and is located at Lindquist Park near Heritage Living Center. A rain garden prevents water pollution by allowing storm water to soak into the ground before running off.

Homes in this area of Park Rapids had been having drainage issues, prompting the utility project. The project was expected to clear up the issues with the addition of curb and gutter and storm sewer.

The project area was from Sixth Street West from 300 feet west of Stevens Avenue to Pleasant Avenue, Seventh Street West from Fair Avenue to Front Avenue, Eighth Street West from Fair Avenue to Pleasant Avenue, Stevens Avenue from Eighth Street West to Sixth Street West and two alleys.

It was part of the city's Capital Improvement Plan.

The streets were surfaced with bituminous in the late 1970s and were beginning to show some wear and tear. Some of the sewer pipes are old and have had several failures in the last few years.

The area had no storm sewer facilities. Part of the project has connected that area of town to a storm sewer main that was completed during the Pleasant Avenue project in 2008.

Old sanitary sewer and water mains were replaced with PVC mains. Curb and gutter and a sidewalk were added on Eighth Street. A sidewalk was also added on Sixth Street.

A second layer of bituminous will be put on next spring.

The estimated construction costs total $1,544,500. The city share is $466,500 with $1,078,000 assessable to property owners.

Final costs will be determined and an assessment hearing will be held. Property owners in this area will be notified when this is determined.