Blue Earth planning street work

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth City Council on Monday set a public hearing date to discuss the 2018 street project.

The project is split into two areas. One covers 13th Street from Main Street to Ramsey Street, as well as Moore Street from 12th Street to 14th Street. Area two covers Moore Street from Smith Drive to 14th Street, Galbraith Street from Circle Drive to 14th Street, and 15th Street from Galbraith Street to Ramsey Street.

According to a street project feasibility report, because of the condition of the streets and the underground utility improvements, the streets within Area One will have to go through a full reconstruction. This involves completely removing the street and replacing it with a new base and asphalt surfacing. The existing concrete curb and gutter will also be removed and replaced. Four-inch subsurface drains will be installed at the bottom of the roadway section in order to remove subsurface moisture and reduce the risk of frost heaves.

In Area One, the reconstructed street width for the roads will be 36 feet. A concrete sidewalk also will be installed along the west side of Moore Street, along with new driveway entrances. Improvement to the water system north of 14th Street will include the replacement of hydrants, valves and fittings.

The cost for Area One is estimated to be about $1 million.

Pavement maintenance and utility improvement will be the main focus for Area Two. This will include grinding off some of the pavement that is near the curb edge and paving a 2-inch mat of asphalt over the entire surface of the roadway. According to the report, this will add an extra 10 to 15 years to the road’s service life, as well as improve drainage, increase skid resistance for traffic, seal the road surface and create a smoother driving surface.

The cost for Area Two is estimated to be $625,836.

Construction is set to start in May and run through September.

The council has set the public hearing concerning the street project for 5:05 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Public Safety Center.

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