Work on the Mill Street and Bridge Street (Minnesota highways 19 and 71) construction project in the City of Redwood Falls is going according to schedule, but, according to Keith Muetzel, city administrator, the entire scope of the project will likely not be done by the anticipated date.
Muetzel updated the Redwood Falls city council about the project at its meeting Aug. 7 and indicated one element the project will likely not be complete, and plans are being put in place to adjust for that anticipated delay.
According to Muetzel, who meets with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the project’s contractor on a regular basis, he has been told that the actual stoplights for the project may not arrive on the project site until later in the year.
Muetzel said he was told the stoplight equipment may not be available for the project until late into November or even December.
The problem, said Muetzel, is that the concrete for those stoplights has to be poured long before the stoplights arrive to ensure it can cure before cold weather comes.
Muetzel added during the discussions one of the possible short-term solutions will be to install the posts and wiring for the lights, so that they are ready when the stoplights do arrive.
In the meantime, as the old stoplights will be removed the plan would be to have a four-way stop with flashing lights at both the intersection with Swain Street and DeKalb Street.
Nothing would change at the intersection of Union Drive and CSAH 101 (the Running’s intersection). The council was told that the alternative method would likely have to be in place for a couple of months.
John Buckley, city council member, asked about how the intersections would work with the left-turn lanes, and Muetzel said that is one of the issues that still needs to be further discussed.
Muetzel also said as part of the project it looks as if there may need to be a closure of DeKalb Street for a period of time to address the storm sewer infrastructure at that intersection. He added Bridge Street would likely not be closed but may for a time be limited to one lane of traffic.
In addition, Jim Doering, public works project coordinator updated the council on the watermain improvement project.
Doering said the project is moving along quickly, adding as the project continues there may need to be a rerouting of traffic on the Y intersection to address some of the needed repairs, but he said the Minnesota Department of Transportation may want to close the intersection while the work is done.
That, he said could mean a detour for a brief period of time.
Doering said work continues on the waterman at Minnesota Street, Washington Street and Jefferson Street, adding once the main line is installed the work of connecting the dozen or so businesses on that portion of the line would be reconnected.
During its meeting, the council adopted a resolution regarding finance for the Bridge Street watermain project.
Shannon Sweeney of David Drown Associates presented the financial plan to the council. The total project cost is $23,720, and the project would be funded with general obligation water revenue bonds in the amount of $720,000 with the remaining funds coming from construction fund earnings. Water system revenues would be used to pay for the bonds, with annual contributions from the water utility estimated at $60,500.
The bond would have a 15-year term, said Sweeney, adding with the process now started the bond sale would be held Sept. 18 with a closing date of Oct. 1.
Sweeney said the city’s credit rating is very good, adding that should help to get a good interest rate for the bonds.
In other action during its meeting, the council:
• Approved a change order for the Gould Street project that will increase the cost for testing from $38,793 to $44,811.
According to Jim Doering, the $6,018 increase is due to the fact that an additional test be conducted by Braun Intertec, the project testing coordinator, to ensure the subgrade under concrete on the project was still meeting the testing requirements following the major raise that occurred earlier in the summer.
The tests were directed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and Doering said the funds would come from the federal and state aid dollars for the project.