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Road project bids to be approved

Deteriorating road conditions in southwest Park Rapids have prompted the city council to move ahead with a utility and road construction project this summer.

The Park Rapids City Council will approve bids for the southwest road construction project Tuesday.

The utility and road work will begin later this spring or early this summer. The major street improvements were prompted by drainage issues and aging infrastructure in the area.

The council's agenda for its noon meeting Tuesday calls for approving bids for the project.

The area is 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.

The project is part of the city's Capitol Improvement Plan.

The streets were surfaced with bituminous in the late 1970s and are 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 has no storm sewer facilities. The proposed project will allow for connecting to a storm sewer main that was completed during the Pleasant Avenue project in 2008.

Old sanitary sewer and water mains will be replaced with PVC mains. Many of the existing mains are beyond their useful expected lifespan, according to an engineering report.

The proposed street improvements would have curb and gutter and a sidewalk is proposed on the north side of Eighth Street. The sidewalk is part of the city's overall trail plan.

The city is looking into having rain gardens installed in select locations within the project area to help with drainage.

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

For an average 100-foot lot, the estimated assessment is $15,800. A 75-foot lot would be approximately $12,100 and a corner lot would be approximately $21,000.

These figures are just estimates and each property would be different. Assessments are typically financed with payments added to property taxes over 10 or 15 years.

The project could take around four months to complete.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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