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Construction Updates

Downtown Improvement Project Construction

November 17, 2023

This past week November 13th, 2023

  • The Contractor successfully completed the installation of the landscape plantings and segmental pavers within the downtown.
  • Ryan Contracting completed the final grading, topsoil installation, and seeding along S Meridian Street and all project alleys. The seed is dormant and will be reviewed in the spring for successful germination.  Any areas not emerging satisfactorily will be re-seeded by the Contractor.
  • The Contractor worked on general cleanup for winter suspension.

Upcoming for next week November 20th, 2023

  • The Contractor plans to continue the installation of the limestone benches within all the bump out areas. The Contractor is waiting on the final shipment of stones and plans installation once delivered.  This work will be completed under traffic.
  • The electrical contractor is scheduled to install the digital display sign at the southwest corner of Main Street and Meridian Street on Monday or Tuesday. While onsite, the electrical contractor will relocate the wooden temporary signal pole on the northwest corner of Main Street and Walnut Street.
  • Ryan Contracting will be completing any final cleanup. They will return next spring to finish construction in Townsend Park, the library plaza, Willow Street, South Meridian Street sidewalk, and pavement markings.  All warranty and punchlist items will also be completed at this time.

Project Notes

  • This is the final weekly construction update for the year. Additional weekly updates will be provided ahead of resumed construction next spring.
  • Thank you from the entire Construction Team for your patience and cooperation throughout the construction process this past summer.
  • Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you have any questions throughout the winter.

 

Past Updates

November 10, 2023

This past week November 6th, 2023

  • The Contractor successfully completed the installation of the permanent roadway signing. All roadways within the project area are set to reopen by 5 pm today.
  • This week the Contractor successfully completed the bituminous pavement within all project alleys.
  • The Contractor completed the installation of the concrete pavement within the east west alley north of Main St. The final pour was completed yesterday, and concrete is required to cure through next week.  The full length of the alley is scheduled to be reopened by 5 pm next Friday, November 17th.
  • The Contractor continued the installation of the segmental pavers along S Meridian St, E Main St, and W Main St.
  • The Contractor continued the installation of the landscape plantings within the downtown area.
  • This week the Contractor completed the construction of the sidewalk and temporary bituminous paving near the library in the SE corner of Willow and W Main St. All remaining improvements at the Library Plaza and along Willow Street are anticipated to be delayed until next spring.

Upcoming for next week November 13th, 2023

  • The Contractor plans to finish the installation of the landscape plantings and the segmental pavers within the downtown area. This work will be completed under traffic.
  • The Contractor plans to continue the installation of the limestone stone benches within all the bump out areas. This work will be completed under traffic.
  • Ryan Contracting will be working along all project roadways and alleys to complete the final grading, topsoil installation, and seeding.

Project Notes

  • Thank you from the entire Construction Team for your patience and cooperation throughout the construction process this past summer.
  • Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

 

November 10, 2023

All roadways within the project area are set to reopen by 5 pm today.

Over the course of the next week Ryan Contracting will be working within the parking lanes to finish installing the segmental pavers, landscaping, stone benches, topsoil and seed, and other miscellaneous tasks. Ryan Contracting will return next spring to finish construction in Townsend Park, the library plaza, Willow Street and South Meridian Street sidewalk, and pavement markings.

Thank you from the entire Construction Team for your patience and cooperation throughout the construction process this past summer.

November 8, 2023

The Contractor is scheduled to be onsite again tomorrow, Thursday, November 9th to pave the final lift of bituminous on both sections of the Block 91 alley.  It is requested that you do not park within the alley or have your vehicle moved out by 6:00 am Thursday morning. Access will be reestablished no later than the end of the day Thursday once the bituminous has been rolled and has cooled down.  Grading and restoration along the new bituminous pavement within all project alleys is anticipated to be completed by end of next week.

 

November 3, 2023

This past week October 30th, 2023

  • The Contractor completed the installation of the decorative crosswalks. The remaining crosswalks will be completed next year as traditional pavement paint.
  • This week the Contractor successfully completed the permanent roadway centerline and stop bar pavement markings.
  • The Contractor started the installation of the limestone stone benches. The remaining benches are planned to be delivered and installed throughout the next two weeks.
  • The Contractor continued the installation of the segmental pavers along E Main St.
  • The Contractor completed the construction of the north retaining wall at Townsend Park. All remaining improvements at Townsend Park are anticipated to be delayed until next spring.
  • This week the Contractor continued construction of the sidewalk near the library in the SE corner of Willow and W Main St. All remaining improvements at the Library Plaza are anticipated to be delayed until next spring.

Upcoming for next week November 6th, 2023

  • The Contractor plans to pave both lifts of bituminous on all project alleys Wednesday November 8th. Alley access will be restored by the end of the day Wednesday.
  • The Contractor plans to continue installing the landscape plantings within the downtown area.
  • The Contractor plans to continue the installation of the limestone stone benches within all the bump out areas.
  • The Concrete crew plans to start pouring the concrete pavement within the east west alley north of Main St on Monday. The work requires multiple pours and is anticipated to be fully completed on Thursday.  The concrete portion of the alleys is expected to be reopened by end of the day Friday November 17th.
  • The Contractor plans to complete the new permanent roadway signing. The tentative schedule is to reopen all project roadways by the end of the week of the 13th.

Project Notes

  • Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

November 2, 2023

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE – NOTICE OF ALLEY CLOSURE FOR PAVING 

The Contractor is scheduled to start forming the concrete portion of the east west alley north of Main St Friday, November 3rd.  Alley access from N Meridian St will be closed starting tomorrow. The Contractor will be onsite to start pouring the concrete within the alley on Monday, November 6th and anticipates completing all the concrete work by end of day Thursday, November 9th.  The concrete portion is anticipated to be reopened by end of day Friday, November 17th.

Additionally, the Contractor is scheduled to be onsite Wednesday, November 8th to pave both lifts on the bituminous portion of all alleys within the project area. It is requested that you do not park within the alley or have your vehicle moved out by 6:00 am Wednesday morning.  Access will be reestablished on the bituminous late Wednesday evening once the pavement has cooled.  Access to the Gateway parking lot will always be maintained from either Chestnut St or E Main St.

 

November 1, 2023

Roadway Crosswalks and Striping Update

The Contractor is scheduled to be onsite to complete the decorative crosswalks on Thursday, November 2nd and Friday, November 3rd. The Contractor anticipates that the work may extend into a third day and would be onsite Saturday, November 4th to finish. The decorative crosswalk locations are at the following intersections:

  • N Meridian St & State St
  • N Meridian St & Church St
  • W Main St & Willow St
  • Meridian St & Main St
  • E Main St & Chestnut St

The Contractor is committed to maintaining two directions of travel (ie. east/west or north/south) at intersections throughout the operation. Once the stamp has cooled sufficiently the roadway will be reopened.
Additionally, on Friday, November 3rd the Contractor is scheduled to be onsite to complete the roadway pavement markings consisting of the double yellow centerline striping and white intersection stop bars. Parking stall markings are being delayed until next year.
No parking on all roadways within the project area will be in effect by 6:00 am Friday morning. Also, a full roadway closure will be in effect starting at 8:00 am to allow for the centerline striping operation. The roadways and adjacent parking will be reopened once the paint has sufficiently dried (approx. 2 hours). All roadways are expected to be reopened by the end of day Friday.

Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to stay alert and carefully navigate through all work zones. Questions may be directed to the project email: bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com.

October 27, 2023

This past week October 23rd, 2023

  • This week the Contractor successfully completed the final lift of bituminous pavement on all project roadways. The CR 3 detour and roadway closure at Walnut St will remain in effect until all new striping and signing is in place to safely resume traffic through the downtown.
  • The Contractor continued the installation of the segmental pavers along S Meridian St.
  • The Contractor continued construction within Townsend Park. The Contractor completed the interior seat walls, but the weather did not allow for pouring of the north retaining wall this week.  The wall is anticipated to be poured on Monday.
  • The landscaping contractor completed most of the tree plantings on the 200 and 300 Block of E Main St. The last few remaining trees on this road segment are anticipated to be planted this weekend.  The Contractor also started some plantings along the 200 Block of N Meridian St.
  • The Contractor continued construction of the sidewalk and adjacent plaza at the library in the SE corner of Willow and W Main St.

Upcoming for next week October 30th, 2023

  • The Contractor plans to continue installing the landscape plantings within the downtown area.
  • The Contractor working in Townsend Park is expected to begin installation of the limestone stone benches within all the bump out areas. Both the plantings and stone bench installation will be completed under traffic with temporary no parking as needed.
  • The Concrete crew tentatively plans to start the concrete pavement within the east west alley north of Main St late in the week. No concrete work is anticipated to be completed early in the week due to forecasted cold temperatures.
  • The Contractor plans to continue working on the new concrete sidewalk and library plaza at corner of Willow and W Main St late this week.
  • The Contractor is monitoring the weather and schedule as it relates to the paving of the project alleys possibly late in the week. A specific date has not been set and notice will be provided to all affected properties before any work is completed.

Project Notes

  • The last weekly construction meeting was held this past Wednesday October 25th. There are not anticipated to be any more weekly meetings, however there will continue to be weekly updates until work is finished this fall.
  • Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

 

October 26, 2023

The final lift of bituminous pavement on all roadways within the project area has been postponed to tomorrow, Friday, October 27th.  No parking within the project area will be signed tonight for an effective start time of 5:00 AM Friday morning.  Road closure of Church Street and N Meridian Street will also be in effect at 5:00 AM. Additional closures on W Main Street, S Meridian Street, E Main Street, and Chestnut Street will be put in effect throughout the day in the above-mentioned sequence following along with the paving operation. Access to the Gateway Parking Lot is planned to be maintained throughout the day from either N Meridian Street, E Main Street or Chestnut Street.

The Contractor expects to have two paving crews paving in echelon formation to increase the speed of the paving. Roadways and adjacent parking will be reopened as the paving process is completed and the bituminous has cooled sufficiently (approx. 2 hours). All roadways are expected to be reopened by the end of day.

 

October 25, 2023

The final lift of bituminous pavement on all roadways within the project area is still on for tomorrow, Thursday, October 26th.  No parking within the project area will be signed tonight for an effective start time of 5:00 AM Thursday morning.  Road closure of Church Street and N Meridian Street will also be in effect at 5:00 AM. Additional closures on W Main Street, S Meridian Street, E Main Street, and Chestnut Street will be put in effect throughout the day in the above-mentioned sequence following along with the paving operation. Access to the Gateway Parking Lot is planned to be maintained throughout the day from either N Meridian Street, E Main Street or Chestnut Street.

Roadways and adjacent parking will be reopened as the paving process is completed and the bituminous has cooled sufficiently (approx. 2 hours). All roadways are expected to be reopened by the end of day.

The Contractor is continuously monitoring the weather and will make every effort to stay on schedule.  If for some reason the paving is unable to be completed either entirely or partially on Thursday it will be completed on Friday.

The schedule for paving of the project alleys has also been delayed and is no longer set for Monday, October 30th.  A new date has not been set at this time.

 

October 24, 2023

The final lift of bituminous pavement on all roadways within the project area has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 26th.  The inclement weather today did not allow for paving work to be completed and requires the Contractor to shift all work one day.  If for some reason the paving is unable to be completed on Thursday it will be completed on Friday.  The paving of the alleys is still scheduled for Monday, October 30th.

 

October 20, 2023

This past week October 16th, 2023

  • This week the Contractor successfully completed the first lift of bituminous pavement on all remaining roadways within the project area.
  • The Contractor completed the application of the second coat of sealer on the colored concrete parking lanes along S Meridian St and E Main St.
  • The Contractor continued the installation of the segmental pavers within the bump out areas on Main St.
  • This week the electrical contractor was able to straighten and level all the new light fixtures.
  • The Contractor continued the construction within Townsend Park.
  • The Contractor completed all the sidewalk within the bump out at E Main St and Chestnut St.
  • The Contractor started tolerancing the aggregate base within the east west alley north of Main St between State St and Chestnut St.
  • The Block 91 Alley apron off Willow St near the library was poured today and is expected to remain closed throughout next week. All access to the Block 91 Alley is required to be from W Prairie St.
  • Tomorrow, Saturday October 21st the landscape contractor plans to start completing the tree plantings along the 200 and 300 Blocks of E Main St and within the planting beds in the downtown.

Upcoming for next week October 23rd, 2023

Monday the Contractor plans to complete the milling work to prepare the roadways for the final lift of bituminous paving. This work will require temporary traffic impacts at all side street intersections and will result in a minor pavement bump at the project limits.  The Contractor is scheduled to be onsite to pave the final lift of bituminous pavement on all project roadways on Wednesday, October 25th.

  • The Contractor plans to continue installing the landscape plantings within the downtown area. The landscape contractor will be required to cooperate with the paving operation, and it is anticipated that not all the planting will be completed this week.
  • The Concrete crew plans to finish all the concrete work within the bump out areas this week along with start the concrete pavement within the east west alley north of Main St. The portion of the alley that is planned to be concrete pavement is focused on the ends near N Meridian St.
  • The Contractor plans to continue construction of the proposed improvements within Townsend Park. The Contractor plans to finish the interior seat walls and the north retaining wall by end of the week.
  • The Contractor plans to continue working on the new concrete within the library plaza at corner of Willow and Main St.

Project Notes

  • The weekly construction meeting scheduled for Wednesday October 25th is planned to be held at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N. The meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction related questions.  Next week the 25th is planned to be the final public meeting.
  • Monday October 30th the Contractor is scheduled to be onsite to pave both lifts of bituminous pavement on all alleys within the project area.
  • Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

October 20, 2023

The Contractor is scheduled to be onsite to pave the final lift of bituminous pavement on all roadways within the project area on Wednesday, October 25th. The Contractor anticipates being able to complete everything in one day but will require starting around 5:00 am and working past 8:30 pm.

No parking on all roadways within the project area will be in effect by 5:00 am Wednesday morning. Road closure of Church Street and N Meridian Street will also be in effect at 5:00 am. Additional closures on W Main Street, S Meridian Street, E Main Street, and Chestnut Street will be put in effect throughout the day in the above-mentioned sequence following along with the paving operation. Access to the Gateway Parking Lot is planned to be maintained throughout the day from either N Meridian Street, E Main Street or Chestnut Street.

Roadways and adjacent parking will be reopened as the paving process is completed and the bituminous has cooled sufficiently (approx. 2 hours). All roadways are expected to be reopened by the end of day Wednesday. If for some reason the paving is unable to be completed on Wednesday it will be completed the next available day.

The Contractor is scheduled to be onsite to pave both lifts of bituminous pavement on all the alleys within the project area on Monday, October 30th.

October 17, 2023

The Contractor is planning to pave the first lift of bituminous pavement on road segments consisting of S Meridian Street from Main Street to end of commercial district, E Main Street from Meridian Street to Chestnut Street, and Chestnut Street from alley south of Main Street to Church Street on Wednesday, October 18th. Please do not park on any of the streets identified above starting at 6:00 am. Access will be reestablished along Chestnut Street once the bituminous has been adequately rolled and cooled down. The roadways of S Meridian Street and E Main Street will remain closed until the completion of the second lift of bituminous pavement and second application of sealer on the colored concrete parking lanes anticipated next week.

 

October 13, 2023

This past week October 9th, 2023

  • The Contractor continued construction within Townsend Park. The last section of the decorative concrete screening wall along the west property line was poured this week.  The Contractor also completed the construction of the concrete footings for the new Gateway Monument near the library in the SE corner of the intersection of W Main & Willow St.
  • The Contractor completed the colored concrete parking lanes along S Meridian St and E Main St this week. All colored concrete roadway pavement has been completed.
  • This week the Contractor poured the sidewalk adjacent to the buildings along both sides of E Main St from Meridian to Chestnut St.
  • The Contractor completed installation of new streetlights, electrical conduit, and wiring along E Main St this week. All but just a few streetlights are now installed and operational.
  • The Contractor continued installation of the segmental pavers within the bump outs.

Upcoming for next week October 16th, 2023

  • Monday and Tuesday the Contractor plans to complete the tolerancing of the aggregate base along S Meridian St, E Main St, and Chestnut St. Tentatively scheduled for Wednesday is the paving of the first lift of bituminous pavement along these road segments.  Confirmation of this date is anticipated early in the week to reflect any potential delays associated with the rain.
  • The electrical contractor plans to complete the final leveling and aiming of the installed light fixtures this week. The Contractor chose to prioritize getting all the lights installed first and then come back to make the final adjustments.  The goal of this adjustment is to focus the light within the public right of way and the City plans to address any lighting concerns after the Contractor has completed this fine-tuning.
  • The Concrete crew plans to pour the new sidewalk along Chestnut St and continue work within the bumpouts at the intersection of E Main St & Chestnut St.
  • The Contractor plans to continue construction of the proposed improvements within Townsend Park. The focus this week will be on completing the concrete seat walls within the interior of the park.  The goal is to construct the north retaining wall along the alley the week of the 23rd.

Project Notes

  • All roadways currently paved are expected to receive a second and final lift of bituminous pavement before winter.
  • The weekly construction meeting scheduled for Wednesday October 18th is planned to be held at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N. The meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction related questions.
  • Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

 

October 10, 2023

The colored concrete pavement being constructed along the road segment of E Main Street from Meridian Street to Chestnut Street is anticipated to require late night saw cutting Wednesday, October 11th. The specific hours of the saw cutting are not known but expected to be during the overnight hours. The saw cutting time window is a function of providing the newly poured concrete sufficient cure time to allow saw, but not so long that the concrete has hardened too much and begins to crack in random locations. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in making appropriate accommodations to account for this construction activity.

 

October 6, 2023

This past week October 2nd, 2023

  • The Contractor continued construction within Townsend Park. The last section of the decorative concrete screening wall along the west property line is planned to be poured early next week.
  • The Contractor completed the remaining curb and gutter on E Main St from Meridian to Chestnut St. All concrete curb and gutter has been completed.
  • This week the Contractor completed the installation of the electrical footings, structural soil, and concrete planter walls along E Main St from Meridian to Chestnut St.
  • The Contractor continued installation of new streetlights, electrical conduit, and wiring along S Meridian St towards TH 169 this week. All remaining streetlights were delivered this week and Contractor plans to continue installing them along E Main St next week.
  • The Contractor continued installation of the segmental pavers along N Meridian this week. The Contractor intends to continue to progress with this work along S Meridian St next week.

Upcoming for next week October 9th, 2023

  • Monday the Contractor plans to pour the new colored concrete parking lanes on S Meridian St. This operation is expected to require after-hours sawcutting into the late evening hours on Monday and early morning hours on Tuesday.
  • Monday and Tuesday the alley north of E Main St between N Meridian St and Chestnut St will be closed on both ends. Access to the Gateway Parking Lot will not be available during this time from either direction.  The east portion of the alley and access from Chestnut St is expected to be reopened by the end of day Tuesday.  The western portion and access from N Meridian St is expected to be reopened by the end of day Friday.
  • The Concrete crew plans to pour the new sidewalk along E Main St from Meridian to Chestnut St this week. The plan is to focus on the north side sidewalk along the buildings first and then the south side sidewalk along the buildings second.  The boulevard area along the back of curb on both sides of the street would be last.
  • Mid-week the Contractor plans to pour the new colored concrete parking lanes along E Main St between Meridian and Chestnut St. The exact day has not been determined yet but anticipated to be either Wednesday or Thursday.
  • The Contractor plans to continue construction of the proposed improvements within Townsend Park. The focus this week is expected to be on completing the final section of the decorative concrete screening wall along the west property line and then finishing the concrete seat walls within the interior of the park.  The goal is to construct the north retaining wall along the alley the week of the 16th.
  • The E Main St leg at the Walnut St intersection has been fully barricaded across. Public safety concerns were witnessed with vehicles entering and exiting the intersection from gaps within the barricades on E Main St.  After review a full closure was deemed the safest situation until E Main St (County Road 3) is able to be fully reopened.

Project Notes

  • All roadways currently paved are expected to receive a second and final lift of bituminous pavement before winter.
  • The weekly construction meeting scheduled for Wednesday October 11th is planned to be held at 5:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N. The meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction related questions.
  • Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

 

October 5, 2023

The alley north of E Main St between N Meridian Street and N Chestnut Street will be closed on Monday, October 9th and Tuesday, October 10th for utility work associated with a future EV charging station and foundation repair to an adjacent building. Access to the Gateway Parking Lot will not be available during this time from either direction. The east portion of the alley is expected to be reopened by the end of the day Tuesday, allowing for access to the Gateway Parking Lot from N Chestnut Street. The western section of the alley is anticipated to reopen by the end of the day Friday. Traffic control will be in place to direct vehicles as necessary.

 

October 4, 2023

The weekly construction meeting for Wednesday October 11th is rescheduled to 5:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 N Meridian Street. The first segment of this meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction related questions.

 

September 29, 2023

This past week September 25th, 2023

  • The Contractor continued construction within Townsend Park. The first section of the decorative concrete screening wall along the west property line has been poured.
  • The Contractor continued installation of electrical conduit and wiring along S Meridian St towards TH 169 this week. Multiple lights along this section are energized and operational.
  • The Contractor prepped the colored concrete parking lanes along S Meridian St.
  • The Contractor poured some of the curb and gutter on E Main St within the new bumpout areas.

Upcoming for next week October 2nd, 2023

  • Mid next week the Contractor plans to pour the remaining curb and gutter on E Main St from Meridian to Chestnut St. The delay is related to the Contractor having difficulty in obtaining the supply of concrete.  This will mark the completion of all remaining concrete curb and gutter on the project.
  • End of next week the Contractor plans to pour the colored concrete parking lanes along S Meridian St.
  • The concrete crew pouring the sidewalks is anticipated to be onsite early next week and focus will be on the new sidewalk along E Main St between Meridian and Chestnut St.
  • The Contractor plans to continue construction of the proposed improvements within Townsend Park. The focus this week is expected to be on completing the rest of the decorative concrete screening wall along the west property line and then the concrete seat walls within the interior of the park.
  • The Contractor plans to continue to construct the outstanding improvements along road segments of N Meridian St, Church St, and W Main St. The goal is to bring these roadways to substantial completion, which includes full completion of all bumpout areas, mulched planting beds and installation of the final lift of bituminous pavement by mid to late October.

Project Notes

  • All roadways currently paved are expected to receive a second and final lift of bituminous pavement before winter.
  • Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N. The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.
  • Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

September 22, 2023

This past week September 18th, 2023

  • The Contractor continued construction within Townsend Park. All the concrete footings have been constructed and visible above ground improvements are anticipated to be the focus going forward.
  • The Contractor continued installation of electrical conduit and wiring along S Meridian St towards TH 169 this week. The Contractor plans to continue installing streetlights with the downtown area the priority.  Approximately 20 lights are awaiting delivery yet expected at the end of October.  These lights would be installed in early November along S Meridian St outside the commercial district.  The goal is to energize every light as installed but there may be a delay based on where the electricity is being fed from and wiring not complete yet.
  • The concrete crew was onsite this week and completed most of the sidewalk along S Meridian St between Main St and the end of commercial district.

Upcoming for next week September 25th, 2023

  • Monday and Tuesday the Contractor plans to pour the remaining curb and gutter on E Main St from Meridian to Chestnut St. This will mark the completion of all new concrete curb and gutter.
  • The Contractor is working on the possibility of pouring the colored concrete parking lanes along S Meridian St mid to late week following the completion of the E Main St curb.
  • The Contractor plans to resume segmental paver installation within the bumpout areas at N Meridian & State and N Meridian & Church. Also, of focus will be paver installation within the boulevard area along S Meridian St between Main St and end of the project.
  • The concrete crew pouring the concrete sidewalk is not anticipated to be onsite this week and plans to return the following week to focus on new sidewalk along E Main St between Meridian and Chestnut St.
  • The Contractor plans to continue construction of the proposed improvements within Townsend Park. The focus is expected to be on the west concrete retaining wall and new park entry monument.  The new park design is ornate and detailed requiring methodical construction.  It is expected that the park improvements could take up to another 6-8 weeks to complete.
  • The Contractor plans to continue to progress the outstanding improvements along road segments of N Meridian St, Church St, and W Main St. The goal is to bring these roadways to substantial completion, which includes full completion of all bumpout areas, mulched planting beds and installation of the final lift of bituminous pavement by mid to late October.

Project Notes

  • All roadways currently paved are expected to receive a second and final lift of bituminous pavement before winter.
  • Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N. The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.
  • Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

 

September 15, 2023

This past week September 11th, 2023

  • The Contractor completed the installation and energized most of the streetlights along Church St and N Meridian St. The Contractor plans to continue installing and energizing the streetlights along S Meridian St and E Main St throughout the next several weeks.
  • The Contractor continued construction of the footings for the new retaining wall within Townsend Park.
  • The Contractor completed the seeding operation within all disturbed boulevard areas along E Church St and E Main St. Individual door hangers are planned to be delivered next week to all properties along these road segments with instructions on how to care for the new seed.
  • The road segment of E Main St between Chestnut and Walnut St is planned to remain closed, except for local traffic, until the full reopening of E Main St. The lack of outlet at the Chestnut St intersection and need to maintain the CR 3 detour doesn’t currently support a full reopening of E Main St.
  • There has been noticeably less construction activity and equipment in the project area. This is not cause for concern, rather it is to be expected with the completion of all underground utility and infrastructure work. Vital elements of the work are still progressing according to schedule. Construction that remains must be properly sequenced by the various trades and sub-contractors. Providing adequate access during construction meant allowing the Contractor scheduling flexibility, where approximately half of the impacted streets in the downtown were to be substantially completed by the end of this year. Ryan Contracting’s approach from the beginning was to employ the resources necessary for most of the work to be substantially complete this year; a decision that everyone who has been impacted surely appreciates. As the days become shorter and fall approaches, your continued patience and cooperation through the final push is greatly appreciated by the Project Team.

Upcoming for next week September 18th, 2023

  • Midweek the Contractor plans to pour the remaining curb and gutter on E Main St from Meridian to Chestnut St. This will mark the completion of all new concrete curb and gutter.
  • The Contactor plans to resume the installation of concrete sidewalk along the road segments of S Meridian St and E Main St. Additionally, the Contractor will be working concurrently to complete all remaining concrete work within the bumpout areas at each of the following intersections: N Meridian & State, N Meridian & Church and W Main & Willow.
  • The Contractor plans to continue construction of the proposed improvements within Townsend Park. The focus is expected to be on the north and west concrete retaining walls as well as the new park entry monument.

Project Notes

  • Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N. The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.
  • Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

 

September 8, 2023

This past week September 4th, 2023

  • The Contractor completed the roadway subcut and aggregate base installation on E Main St between Meridian St and Chestnut St.
  • The Contractor completed installation of the streetlights along Church St and N Meridian St. The Contractor is working on energizing these lights and has some lights operational along the east side of N Meridian and E Church St.  The remainder of the lights along N Meridian St and W Church St are anticipated to be operational by mid next week.
  • The Contractor completed the roadway subcut and aggregate based installation within the alley north of Main St between Willow and N Meridian St. This alley is expected to remain open under gravel surfacing until closure for installation of new lighting conduit and permanent concrete/bituminous pavement later this fall.
  • The Contractor completed the seeding operation within all disturbed boulevard areas along E Church St and E Main St.
  • The Contractor started construction of the footings for the new retaining wall within Townsend Park.

Upcoming for next week September 11th, 2023

  • The Contractor plans to continue construction of the proposed improvements within Townsend Park. The focus is expected to be on construction of the new perimeter concrete retaining wall.
  • The Contractor expects to finish the installation of the new lighting conduit by directional drilling along S Meridian St. The Contractor plans to continue installation of the new streetlights along this section as well.
  • The Contractor plans to continue construction of the improvements behind the new curb and gutter on S Meridian St consisting of the structure soil, streetlight bases, electrical conduit, concrete planting beds, and new sidewalk. The goal is to leave S Meridian St open and accessible for customer parking throughout this construction.
  • The Contractor is working on getting the new concrete curb and gutter scheduled along E Main St between Meridian and Chestnut St.

Project Notes

  • Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N. The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.
  • Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

 

September 1, 2023

This past week August 28th, 2023

  • The Contractor completed the installation of all remaining concrete sidewalk along E Main St between Chestnut and Walnut St.
  • The Contractor successfully completed the installation of all underground utility work within E Main St between Meridian and Chestnut St. This marks the completion of all underground utility work for the project.
  • The Contractor completed the roadway subcut and aggregate base installation within the alley north of Main St between N Meridian St and Chestnut St. The alley is expected to remain open under gravel surfacing until closure for installation of new lighting conduit and permanent concrete/bituminous pavement.
  • The delivery of the new streetlights started this week. The Contractor began installing the new lights along Church St and plans to continue installing lights along Church St, N Meridian St, and W Main St throughout the next couple of weeks.
  • Centerpoint Gas completed all the gas main work within the alley north of Main St between Willow and Chestnut St this week.

Upcoming for next week September 4th, 2023

  • No work will take place on Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day.
  • The Contractor plans to begin the roadway subcut and installation of the new sand/aggregate base on E Main St between Meridian St and Chestnut St mid to late week.
  • On Tuesday (9/5) the Contractor plans to begin the roadway subcut and aggregate base installation within the alley north of Main St between Willow and N Meridian St. The goal is to reopen the alley under gravel surfacing by the end of the week.
  • The Contractor plans to continue construction of the proposed improvements within Townsend Park. The focus is expected to be on construction of the new perimeter concrete retaining wall.
  • The Contractor plans to continue progress on the installation of the new lighting conduit by directional drilling along S Meridian St. The conduit is planned to be installed between each light base and is estimated to take another two weeks before final completion.
  • The Contractor plans to start construction of the improvements behind the new curb and gutter on S Meridian St next week consisting of the structure soil, concrete planting beds and new sidewalk. The goal is to leave S Meridian St open and accessible for customer parking throughout this construction.

Project Notes

  • Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N. The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.
  • Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

 

 

August 30, 2023

The alley north of E Main St between N Meridian Street and Chestnut Street will be closed on Thursday, August 31st for excavation and aggregate base installation. Access to the Gateway Parking Lot will be provided from E Main Street from either direction on Chestnut Street. The alley will be reopened by the end of day on the compacted gravel surface. Traffic control will be in place to direct vehicles as necessary.

August 25, 2023

This past week August 21st, 2023

  • The Contractor successfully re-opened the road segments of E Main St from Chestnut to Walnut St and W Main St from Willow to Meridian St. These segments are expected to remain open through late fall until a brief closure will be necessary to pave the final lift of bituminous.
  • The Contractor continues to make progress on the new underground utility work within E Main St between Meridian and Chestnut St. The Contractor anticipates being completed with all underground utility work late next week or early the week of Labor Day.
  • The Contractor completed all remaining concrete sidewalk along E Main St between Chestnut and Walnut St.
  • The Contractor completed the installation of most of the new concrete curb and gutter on S Meridian St. The Contractor anticipates completing the rest of the curb this coming Monday.
  • The Contractor resumed installation of the brick segmental pavers along N Meridian St.
  • Centerpoint Gas continued to make progress on the new gas services within the alley north of Main St between Willow and Chestnut St. The Contractor anticipates being completed with all gas service replacements early next week.

Upcoming for next week August 28th, 2023

  • On Monday (8/28) the Contractor plans to complete the remaining concrete curb and gutter on S Meridian St between Main St and end of the commercial district. By mid-week the Contractor plans to reopen this segment of S Meridian St to traffic under gravel surfacing.  The intersection of Main and Meridian St will remain closed.
  • On Monday (8/28) the Contractor plans to reclaim the existing bituminous surface on Chestnut Street from Church St to the alley south of Main St. The reclaim operation will require intermittent closure of Chestnut St throughout the day however plan is to reopen the roadway on either side of Main St under gravel surfacing by end of day.  The intersection of Main and Chestnut St will remain closed.
  • The Contractor plans to continue progress on the new underground utilities within E Main St between Meridian and Chestnut St.
  • The Contractor plans to finish the boulevard grading and black dirt placement along E Main St between Chestnut and Walnut St by the end of the week. The seeding operation is expected to be completed following completion of all dirt work along these two blocks.
  • The Contractor plans to start construct of the proposed improvements within Townsend Park.
  • The Contractor plans to continue progress on the installation of the new lighting conduit by directional drilling along S Meridian St. The conduit is planned to be installed between each light base and is estimated to take another two weeks before completion.
  • Centerpoint Gas plans to finish the replacement of service lines within the alley north of Main St early in the week. Immediately following the service replacements, the Contractor plans to complete the removal of the old steel gas mains along the north side of the alley between Willow and Chestnut Street.  The removal operation is anticipated to be completed by the end of the week.  Once completed, the alley will be reopened to traffic under a temporary gravel surface until the City’s contractor constructs the permanent concrete/bituminous surface anticipated in late September.

Project Notes

  • The anticipated delivery date for the new streetlights is late August. The new electrical system is fully complete on N Meridian and Church St allowing the Contractor to begin installation immediately after delivery with operational streetlights expected in early September.
  • Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N. The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.
  • Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

 

 

August 25, 2023

Chestnut Street from the intersection of Church Street to the alley south of Main Street will be closed intermittently for bituminous reclamation on Monday, August 28th. Following completion of the reclaim operation, the existing gravel material will be compacted and reopened on either side of Main Street by end of day – the intersection of Chestnut and Main St will remain closed. The alley north of Main St between Willow Street and Chestnut Street will also be reclaimed on Monday. Access to the Gateway Parking Lot will be maintained throughout the day; from Chestnut Street in the morning and then will switch from N Meridian Street in the afternoon. Traffic control will be in place to direct vehicles as necessary.

 

Past Updates

August 21, 2023

The road segments of W Main from Willow Street to Meridian Street and E Main from Chestnut to Walnut Street are planned to be re-opened to traffic Tuesday, August 22nd. These road segments will be monitored for impacts from the hot temperatures and if any are observed the roadways may need to be suddenly closed until cooler temperatures allow. The intersection of Main Street and Cedar Street is planned to be fully opened to traffic in the north and south directions. The intersection of Main Street and Chestnut Street will be closed for the next few weeks. Expect continued construction work on E Main Street consisting of concrete sidewalk, boulevard grading, black dirt placement, and seeding. These roadways are expected to remain open through late fall however a brief closure will be necessary to pave the final lift of bituminous.

 

August 18, 2023

Week of August 14th, 2023

  • The Contractor successfully completed the roadway subcut and installation of the new sand/aggregate base on S Meridian St.
  • The Contractor successfully completed the application of the final coat of sealer on the colored concrete parking lanes on W Main St and repair area on N Meridian St.
  • The Contractor completed all remaining concrete steps along N Meridian and Church St.
  • The Contractor continues to make progress on the new concrete work within the bumpout locations along N Meridian and W Main St.
  • The contractor made progress on the removals within Townsend Park.
  • Centerpoint Gas started the replacement of individual gas services within the alley north of Main St between Willow St and Chestnut St.

Week of August 21st, 2023

  • On Monday (8/21) the Contractor plans to pave the first lift of bituminous on E Main St from Chestnut to Walnut St and W Main St from Willow to Meridian St. The paving operation was delayed due to the rain last week.  The target is to reopen these segments of roadway to vehicle traffic on Tuesday, August 22nd.  Once reopened these segments are expected to remain open through late fall until the paving of the final lift of bituminous.
  • On Monday (8/21) the Contractor plans to begin the installation of the new underground utilities within E Main St between Meridian and Chestnut St. The focus will be on installing the new mainline sanitary sewer followed by the installation of the new water main.  Also, on Monday the Contractor plans to convert the properties along this block over to the temporary water system.  Specifics of the conversion were provided in a physical door hanger delivered to the affected properties.
  • On Tuesday (8/17) the Contractor plans to pour the new concrete curb and gutter on S Meridian St from Main St to the end of the commercial district. Also, on Tuesday the Contractor plans to conduct a planned water shutdown along Chestnut Street to prepare for the start of the watermain replacement along E Main St.  Specifics of the shutdown were provided in a physical door hanger delivered to the affected properties.
  • The Contractor plans to resume installation of the brick segmental pavers focusing on the boulevard areas on the 100 Block of N Meridian and the bumpout areas along N Meridian and W Main St.
  • The Contractor plans to begin the installation of the new lighting conduit by directional drilling along S Meridian St. This work was delayed one week due to the rain last week.  The conduit is planned to be installed between each light base and is estimated to take up to three weeks to complete.
  • Centerpoint Gas plans to finish the replacement of service lines within the alley north of Main St this week. Following the successful service replacements, the final operation is to remove the old steel gas main anticipated by the end of the week.  Following the removal operation, the alley will be reopened to traffic under a temporary gravel surface until the City’s contractor constructs the permanent concrete/bituminous surface anticipated in late September.

Project Notes

  • The anticipated delivery date for the new streetlights is late August. The new electrical system is fully complete on N Meridian and Church St allowing the Contractor to begin installation immediately after delivery with operational streetlights expected in early September.
  • Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N. The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.
  • Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

August 11, 2023

Week of August 7th, 2023

  • The Contractor successfully completed the installation of all new underground utility work on S Meridian St.
  • The Contractor successfully completed the pouring of the colored concrete parking lanes on W Main St between Willow and Meridian St. The target is to re-open this segment of roadway the week of August 21st following the final application of sealer.
  • The Contractor completed the repair of the colored concrete pavement on the 200 Block of N Meridian Street. The repair area is targeted to be re-opened to vehicle traffic the week of August 21st following the final application of sealer.
  • The Contractor continues to make progress on the new concrete sidewalk along E Main Street between Chestnut and Walnut St.
  • The Contractor continues to make progress on the new concrete work within the bumpout locations along N Meridian and W Main St.
  • Centerpoint Energy completed the gas main replacement within the alley north of Main St between N Meridian and Willow St.

Week of August 14th, 2023

  • On Monday (8/14) the Contractor plans to close the road segment of E Main St from Meridian St to Chestnut St to complete the pavement removals. See the updated turning movements map for more information. The intersection of Main and Chestnut St is expected to remain open from the north and south directions to the extent possible.  The intersection will be required to be closed for a couple of hours mid-week to complete the pavement removal and then will be immediately reopened under gravel.  No underground utility work is expected on the 100 Block of E Main St until the week of August 21st.
  • The Contractor plans to continue construction of the roadway subcut and installation of the new sand/aggregate base on S Meridian St. The Contractor is targeting getting the new concrete curb and gutter poured on S Meridian St immediately following the completion of the aggregate base.
  • On Thursday (8/17) the Contractor plans to pave the first lift of bituminous on E Main St from Chestnut to Walnut St and W Main St from Willow to Meridian St. The target is to reopen these segments of roadway to vehicle traffic the week of August 21st.  Once reopened these segments are expected to remain open through late fall until the paving of the final lift of bituminous.
  • The Contractor plans to continue removals within Townsend Park to allow for installation of the new park improvements.
  • The Contractor plans to continue construction under live traffic of the bumpouts and brick pavers along N Meridian St.
  • The Contractor plans to begin the installation of the new lighting conduit by directional drilling along S Meridian St. The conduit is planned to be installed between each light base and is estimated to take up to three weeks to complete.
  • Centerpoint Energy plans to continue gas main replacement within the alley north of Main St. The Contractor will be working within the alley at both the Willow St and Chestnut St intersection early next week to finish the connections.  Then starting mid-week, the Contractor plans to start replacing service lines which is expected to continue into the week of August 21st.  Following successful completion of all services the final operation is to remove the old steel gas mains.  Following the removal operation, the alley will be reopened to traffic under a temporary gravel surface until the City’s contractor constructs the permanent concrete/bituminous surface.

Project Notes

  • The anticipated delivery date for the new streetlights is late August. The new electrical system is fully complete on N Meridian and Church St allowing the Contractor to begin installation immediately after delivery with operational streetlights expected in early September.
  • Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N. The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.
  • Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

 

August 11, 2023

The road closure of E Main Street from Meridian Street to Chestnut Street is planned for Monday, August 14th. The intersection of Main and Chestnut will remain open to north-south traffic early next week and to the extent possible during the remaining work on E Main St. The target is to re-open E Main Street from east side of Chestnut St to Walnut St and W Main St from Willow St to Meridian St the week of August 21st. Once reopened these road segments will remain open through late fall when a brief closure will be necessary to pave the final lift of bituminous.

August 9, 2023

The colored concrete pavement being repaired along the road segment of N Meridian Street from State Street to Church Street is anticipated to require late night saw cutting Thursday, August 10th. The specific hours of the saw cutting are not known but expected to be during the overnight hours. The saw cutting time window is a function of providing the newly poured concrete sufficient cure time to allow saw, but not so long that the concrete has hardened too much and begins to crack in random locations. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in making appropriate accommodations to account for this construction activity.

 

August 4, 2023

Week of July 31: 

  • The Contractor completed the final application of sealer on the colored concrete on N Meridian from Main St to State St and Church St from Willow St to Chestnut St. These four blocks will be re-opened to vehicle traffic today.  See the turning movement map for more details.  These road segments are expected to remain open through late fall until the paving of the final lift of bituminous.
  • The Contractor completed the installation of the mainline sanitary sewer on S Meridian St. Currently the Contractor is working on the new sewer/water services and anticipates being completed with all sewer/watermain early next week.
  • The Contractor poured the new concrete sidewalk along the south side of E Main St from the east side of Chestnut to the west side of Walnut St.
  • The Contractor continues to make progress on the new concrete work within the bumpout locations along N Meridian and W Main St.
  • Centerpoint Energy completed the gas main replacement within the alley north of Main St between N Meridian St and Chestnut St.

Week of August 7:

  • On Monday the Contractor plans to close the road segment of W Main St from Willow St to Meridian St to complete the new colored concrete parking lanes and first lift of bituminous pavement. The target is to re-open this segment of roadway to vehicle traffic the week of August 21st.
  • The Contractor plans to finish the sewer/water services on S Meridian St early in the week and then focus on the new storm sewer. The Contractor expects to be working on the roadway subcut and installation of the new sand/aggregate base by end of the week.
  • The Contractor plans to begin removals within Townsend Park to allow for installation of the new water service and storm sewer in the park.
  • The Contractor plans to continue construction under live traffic of concrete sidewalk, brick pavers, and pavement repair along N Meridian and Church St.
  • Centerpoint Energy plans to continue gas main replacement within the alley north of Main St on the west side of N Meridian St between Willow St and N Meridian St. The Contractor anticipates three more weeks of gas main work.  Following the gas main replacement, the alley will be reopened to traffic under a temporary gravel surface until the City’s contractor constructs the permanent concrete/bituminous surface.

Project Notes:

  • The Contractor anticipates starting work on E Main St from Meridian St to Chestnut St the week of August 14th. The road closure is planned to begin on Monday morning the 14th.  Next week the Contractor will begin installing the temporary water system along this section of roadway.
  • The road segment of E Main St from east side of Chestnut St to west side of Walnut St is targeted to have the first lift of bituminous paved and be reopened to vehicle traffic by the end of day Friday, August 18th.
  • The anticipated delivery date for the new streetlights is late August. The new electrical system is fully complete on N Meridian and Church St allowing the Contractor to begin installation immediately after delivery with operational streetlights expected in early September.
  • Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N. The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.
  • Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

 

August 4, 2023

The road segment of W Main St from Willow Street to Meridian St will be closed beginning on Monday, August 7th to allow for the completion of the new colored concrete parking lanes and first lift of bituminous pavement. The target is to re-open this block to vehicle traffic the week of August 21st. Once reopened the roadway is expected to remain open through late fall, when a brief closure will be necessary to pave the final lift of bituminous.

August 3, 2023

The road segments of N Meridian from Main Street to State Street and Church Street from Willow Street to Chestnut Street will be re-opened to traffic on Friday, August 4th. Expect continued construction work consisting of concrete sidewalk, brick pavers, pavement repair, lighting and other various amenities to be completed under live traffic with appropriate traffic control. These roadways are expected to remain open through late fall, when a brief closure will be necessary to pave the final lift of bituminous.

July 28, 2023

Week of July 24: 

  • The Contractor completed the paving of the first lift of bituminous paving on N Meridian and Church St. The Contractor was unable to apply the second coat of sealer on the colored concrete pavement due to hot temperatures this past week. The manufacturer recommendations do not suggest application when temperatures are above 90-degrees.
  • The Contractor poured the new concrete curb and gutter on E Main St east of Chestnut to the west side of Walnut St.
  • The Contractor completed the removals on S Meridian St from Main St to the end of the commercial district. Immediately following the removals, the Contractor was successful in completing the installation of the new water main.
  • The Contractor resumed concrete sidewalk work focusing on the bumpout locations along N Meridian and W Main St.

Week of July 31: 

  • On Tuesday the Contractor plans to apply the second coat of sealer on the colored concrete pavement. The Contractor plans to apply the sealer block by block to allow for reopening of individual street sections as work is completed. The target is to re-open all four blocks to vehicle traffic by the end of day Friday, August 4th.
  • The Contractor plans to continue concrete work on the bumpouts along N Meridian and W Main St.
  • The Contractor plans to continue with the installation of the new underground utilities within S Meridian St. The focus this week will be on the new sanitary sewer followed by the sewer and water services. The Contractor anticipates being completed with all the utilities in S Meridian early the week of August 7th.
  • The Contractor plans to begin removals within Townsend Park to allow for installation of the new water service and storm sewer in the park.
  • On Monday Centerpoint Energy plans to begin gas main replacement within the alley north of Main St on either side of Meridian St from Willow to Chestnut St. The work is planned to focus on the east end of the alley first to allow for pedestrian access from the parking lot to Meridian St until N Meridian is reopened. The total gas main project is anticipated to take four weeks to complete.

Project Notes: 

  • The Contractor anticipates starting work on E Main St from Meridian to Chestnut St the week of August 7th.
  • The anticipated delivery date for the new streetlights is late August. The new electrical system is fully complete on N Meridian and Church St allowing the Contractor to begin installation immediately after delivery with operational streetlights expected in early September.
  • Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N. The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.
  • Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

 

July 21, 2023

Week of July 17: 

  • The Contractor poured the remaining-colored concrete parking lanes on N Meridian and E Church St.
  • The Contractor completed the installation of the sand and aggregate base within the Block 91 alley.
  • The Contractor completed the utility work within the intersection of Main and Meridian St. Additionally, the Contractor was able to finish the installation of the sand and aggregate base and re-open the intersection to east-west traffic along Main St today.  Click here for link to the current turning movement map.

Week of July 24: 

  • On Monday the roadway closure of S Meridian St from Main St to the end of the commercial district is planned. Initial operations will include pavement removals and underground utility work.  The temporary water main has passed the required bacteria testing, and properties are anticipated to start being hooked up to the temporary system on Wednesday.  Physical door hangers with more information will be delivered to all affected properties on Monday.
  • Also on Monday is the anticipated paving of the first lift of bituminous pavement on sections of N Meridian and Church St. The current target is to re-open these four blocks to vehicle traffic by the end of day Friday, July 28th.
  • On Tuesday the Contractor plans to pour the new concrete curb and gutter on E Main St east of Chestnut to west side of Walnut St. Concrete sidewalk and driveway aprons will follow placement of the concrete curb and gutter for these two blocks.
  • The Contractor plans to continue progress on the bumpouts consisting of colored concrete and pavers throughout the next couple of weeks.
  • The Contractor plans to begin removals within Townsend Park.

Project Notes

  • Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N. The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.
  • Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

 

 

July 20, 2023

The roadway closure of S Meridian St from Main St to the end of the commercial district is planned for Monday, July 24th. Prior to that closure, the intersection of Main and Meridian St will re-open to east-west traffic under gravel surfacing. Main St from Willow St to Chestnut St shall remain open until N Meridian St and Church St are re-opened.

 

 

July 14, 2023

This week the Contractor was able to complete the majority of the new sidewalk along W Main St.  The Contractor plans to continue to make progress on the boulevard pavers and bumpouts along N Meridian and W Main St over the next couple of weeks.  The Contractor was successful in completing all but one of the colored concrete parking lanes on N Meridian St this week.  The final parking lane on the 200 Block of N Meridian and the two on E Church St are planned to be poured Monday and Tuesday next week.  The paving of the first lift of bituminous pavement on N Meridian and Church St is expected to be delayed until the week of the 24th in order to allow for 7-days cure on all the colored concrete parking lanes.

The Contractor is continuing to make progress on the Block 91 alley.  The majority of the storm sewer was installed this week with just one structure on the north south portion remaining.  This structure is planned to be completed early next week.  Additionally, the Contractor started the installation of the new sand and aggregate base getting the majority of the north south portion of the alley completed.  Early next week the Contractor plans to focus on completing the installation of the sand and aggregate base along the west/east portion.

Next week Tuesday the Contractor plans to close the intersection of Main and Meridian St. View the turning movement map.  Only the intersection will be closed in order to allow the Contractor to extend the utilities through the intersection to the south and east sides.  Prior to the intersection closure W Main St between Willow and the west side of Meridian will be reopened under gravel to allow for local business access and parking.  The roadway portion of S Meridian and E Main St between Meridian and Chestnut will remain open.  A watermain shutdown is planned for Tuesday, July 18th from noon to 5 pm related to work within the Main & Meridian St intersection and door hangers were hand delivered to affected properties today.

Also, next week the Contractor plans to start the installation of temporary water along S Meridian St.  It is anticipated that work will begin on S Meridian St the week of July 24th after the reopening of N Meridian and Church St.  Road closure and the start of work on E Main St is planned to take effect after S Meridian St.

Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N.  The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.

Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

 

 

July 13, 2023

Construction Update at intersection of Main & Meridian St 

The intersection of Main and Meridian St will be closed starting at 6:30 am Tuesday, July 18th. The closure of the intersection is to allow for the extension of the new utilities beyond the footprint of the intersection. Prior to the intersection closure the block of W Main St from Willow St to the west side of Meridian St will re-open to traffic under gravel surfacing. W Main St, along with S Meridian St and the 100 Block of E Main St will remain open until N Meridian St and Church St are re-opened.

Motorists are encouraged to stay alert and drive carefully through all work zones. Questions may be directed to the project email: bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com. Visit the project website at the link above for additional information.

July 11, 2023

Construction Update at intersection of W Main St & Willow St

The intersection of Main and Willow St will be closed starting at 5:00 pm today, July 11th to allow for final grading and paving of the first lift of bituminous. The intersection will reopen under bituminous pavement with ramped edges no later than 8:00 pm Thursday, July 13th. The final lift of bituminous is planned to be installed along with the rest of the project later this fall.

Motorists are encouraged to stay alert and drive carefully through all work zones. Questions may be directed to the project email: bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com. Visit the project website at the link above for additional information.

 

July 7, 2023

Major progress is continuing to be made on the new concrete work.  This week the Contractor was able to complete all the mainline sidewalk along both blocks of Church St and N Meridian St.  Additionally, substantial progress was made on the new sidewalk along both sides of W Main St.  The Contractor plans to complete the rest of the sidewalk along W Main St early next week.  Following the completion of the W Main St sidewalk the Contractor plans to move this concrete crew to another project for a few weeks in order to allow for the completion of the new colored concrete parking lanes.  The first colored concrete parking lane on the south side of W Church St was poured today.  The remainder of the colored concrete parking lanes along Church St and N Meridian St are planned to be poured next week.  It is important to note that the colored concrete receives two applications of sealer, the first application is applied at the time of pouring and the second a minimum of 7-days later.  The true color of the pavement is not realized until after the second coat of sealer.

The Contractor plans to work this Saturday, July 8th, on miscellaneous concrete work along N Meridian and W Main St.  The goal is to get the majority of the missing concrete steps poured and other concrete infills completed.

Next week Thursday the intersection of Willow St up to the east side of W Main St is planned to be paved with new bituminous.  This intersection is being prioritized in order to support the BBQ Days parade.  The paving of the first lift of bituminous pavement on Church St and N Meridian St is planned for late the week of the 17th.  Once paved the Contractor will be focusing on getting these four blocks reopened to vehicle traffic as a requirement before closing the remaining two blocks consisting of E Main St and S Meridian St.  It is estimated that this traffic control change would happen that last week of July.

The Contractor was able to successfully test the new watermain within E Main St this week and started converting properties from the temp over to the new permanent watermain today.  All the utility work has been successfully completed on E Main St between Chestnut and Walnut St and Contractor is currently working on installing the new sand and gravel within these two blocks.

Early next week the Contractor anticipates finishing the installation of the new gravel within E Main St and then immediately plans to begin work in the Block 91 Alley.  The portion of the alley impacted is the north/south portion between W Main St and W Prairie St and the west/east portion between S Willow St and S Meridian St.  This work is expected to begin on Tuesday, July 11th and initially will be focused on the removals and new storm sewer installation.  Following the storm sewer, the Contractor plans to complete the installation of the new sand and gravel allowing for the alley to be reopened to local access.  It is anticipated this work will take 2-3 weeks to complete.  The alley will remain open under gravel until the completion of the new bituminous paving which has not been scheduled yet.

Work on Townsend Park is anticipated to begin any time as well.

Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N.  The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.

Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

 

July 5, 2023

A road closure and start of construction on the north/south block 91 alley between W Main St and W Prairie St and west/east block 91 alley between S Willow Street and S Meridian St is planned to begin Tuesday, July 11th. Initial operations will include pavement removal and installation of new underground storm sewer.

During construction, the contractor will be responsible for maintaining all garbage and recycling services. If you are in the impacted area, please bring your cans to the edge of your property as you normally would on your respective pickup day and the contractor will ensure the containers are picked up.

It is anticipated that work on Townsend Park will begin around this time also.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this notice, please contact Pat Schroepfer at 507-327-5318.

Please refer to the door hanger notice that was delivered to affected properties for any other information.

 

June 30, 2023

The Contractor is continuing to make progress on the new concrete work.  This week the Contractor was able to finish the majority of the new sidewalk along both sides of Church St and the 100 Block of N Meridian St.  The Contractor was also able to start pouring the new sidewalk along the north side of W Main St and plan is to continue pouring the new sidewalk along both sides of W Main St next week.

The Contractor was successful in completing all the new sewer and water services along E Main St between Chestnut and Walnut St this week.  Currently the Contractor is testing the new watermain and expectation is that properties will be able to be converted from the temp system over to the new permanent watermain by end of next week.  Next week, the Contractor also anticipates completing the rest of the new storm sewer along these two blocks and immediately following plans to begin the construction of the new roadway sand and aggregate base.

Additionally, the Contractor anticipates starting to pour the colored concrete parking lanes along both blocks of Church and N Meridian St the next two weeks.  The paving of the first lift of bituminous pavement is anticipated to be completed the week of the 17th.

No additional roadways are planned to be closed until vehicle access is restored to N Meridian and Church Street.  The Contractor has communicated that no work will be completed on Monday and Tuesday, July 3rd, and 4th.

Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N.  The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.

Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable 4th of July!

 

June 23, 2023

The Contractor is making visible progress on the new concrete work.  This week they started pouring the new sidewalk along both sides N Meridian between State and Church St and expect to finish early next week.  Also, the sidewalks along both blocks of Church St are almost finished.  Starting next week, the Contractor plans to begin pouring the new sidewalk along the 100 Block of N Meridian St.  Physical door hangers were hand delivered to the adjacent properties along this block today providing insight into the proposed sequencing for the new sidewalk construction.  Following the sidewalk there will be continued work within the bumpouts and boulevard area to pour the concrete base for the pavers and the decorative colored concrete.

All the new concrete curb and gutter along W Main St was completed this week.  The Contractor is currently working within the boulevard area behind the curb to install the new structural soil for the landscaping beds and the new electrical/street lighting system.  The plan is to start the concrete sidewalk along W Main St after the 100 Block of N Meridian later the week of the 4th.

Additionally, the Contractor continues to make progress on the new underground utility work along E Main St.  All the mainline watermain and sanitary sewer between Chestnut and Walnut St has been installed.  Currently, the Contractor is working on the new storm sewer starting at Walnut St and heading west.  There is anticipated to be at least another full week of utility work along E Main St to finish the storm sewer up to Chestnut St and permanently reconnect all the services.  The Contractor plans to start converting properties from the temp system over to the new permanent main upon successful testing of the new watermain anticipated later next week.

No additional roadways are planned to be closed until vehicle access is restored to N Meridian and Church Street.  The Contractor has communicated that no work will be completed on Monday and Tuesday, July 3rd, and 4th.

Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N.  The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.

 

June 16, 2023

The Contractor is continuing to make progress on the concrete work along the 200 Block of N Meridian and both blocks of Church St. The Contractor started pouring the new sidewalk along E Church St this week and plans to continue with construction of the new sidewalk along the 200 Block of N Meridian and both blocks of Church St next week. Physical door hangers were hand delivered to the adjacent properties along these blocks today providing insight into the proposed sequencing for the new sidewalk construction. Additionally, new concrete curb and gutter is anticipated to be poured along the 100 Block of N Meridian and 100 Block of W Main St on Monday and Tuesday next week. Following the new curb, the Contractor will begin working in the boulevard area along these two blocks focusing on the structural soil for the landscaping beds and new electrical/street lighting system.

The Contractor is continuing to make progress with the new underground utilities along E Main St. The new sanitary sewer has been successfully installed between Chestnut and Cedar St. The Contractor anticipates being up to Walnut St early next week. The watermain has been successfully installed between Walnut and Chestnut St. The Contractor anticipates being able to start services late next week for these two blocks of E Main St.

Additionally, utility work consisting of extension of the new utilities further into the intersection of Main and Meridian is planned for Tuesday next week. This work was noticed in a previous email update and physical door hanger that was hand delivered to the whole project corridor today.

All businesses and residential properties within the roadway closure will remain accessible by foot traffic during construction. No scheduled impacts are anticipated to the existing sidewalks along the 100 Block of N Meridian St or 100 Block of W Main St next week. However, we are getting close, and it is anticipated that sidewalk work could start the week of June 26. Notice via a physical door hanger will be provided no less than 24 hours in advance of any sidewalk removal.

Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N. The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.

The intersection of Main and Meridian St will be restricted along the north and west sides on Tuesday, June 20th starting at 6:30 am until 8:00 pm. The intersection will remain open to ALL traffic from the east and south directions. The impact to the intersection is to allow for the extension of the new utilities beyond the footprint of the new bumpouts along the north and west side of the intersection. The intersection will reopen under gravel surfacing to its full footprint following completion of the utility work.

Please see the utility extension map here for a visual illustration of the impacted area.

June 13, 2023

The intersection of Chestnut and E Main St will be reduced to one lane Wednesday, June 14th starting at 6:30 am. The intersection will remain open to ALL traffic from the north, west, and south directions by use of construction flaggers. The impact to the intersection is to allow for the construction of the new sanitary sewer manhole located within the center of the intersection. The intersection will fully reopen under gravel surfacing to both lanes following completion of the construction anticipated by midafternoon.

Motorists are encouraged to stay alert and drive carefully through all work zones. Questions may be directed to the project email: bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com.

 

June 9, 2023

As of today, the Contractor has successfully completed the underground utilities on both blocks of N Meridian St, both blocks of Church St and W Main St.  The Contractor is currently working on the roadway subcut and installation of the draintile, sand, and aggregate base along the 100 Block of N Meridian and 100 Block of W Main St.  The Contractor expects to complete this work early next week and then these blocks are ready for new curb and gutter.  The contractor is working on getting the concrete work scheduled for these two blocks, but no specific date has been set yet.  Also, this week the Contractor was successful in getting the new mainline concrete curb and gutter poured on the 200 Block of N Meridian and both blocks of Church St.  On Monday the Contractor plans to work on getting the bumpouts poured at the intersection of N Meridian and Church St and the project tie ins at State St and ends of Church St.  Also, next week, the Contractor anticipates starting work within the boulevard area along these blocks consisting of the structural soil for the landscape planting beds and the new electrical/street lighting system.

The road closure of E Main Street from the east side of Chestnut St to the west side of Walnut St is scheduled to start first thing Monday morning, June 12th (see attached turning movement map).  The closure will include the intersection of E Main St and Cedar St.  The intersections of Chestnut and E Main St and Walnut and E Main St will remain open.  Also, as part of the road closure the official County Road 3 detour is required to be implemented and is proposed to utilize E Commerce Dr and E Main St.  A planned water shutdown is scheduled for next Monday, June 12th to allow for the start of the watermain replacement along E Main St.  Specifics of the shutdown were provided in a previous email update and physical door hangers that were delivered to every affected property today.

Also, starting next week will be the gas main replacement work along the north side of E Main St between Chestnut and Walnut St.  The gas main work is in support of the City’s project and anticipated to take 2-3 weeks to complete working alongside the City’s contractor.

All businesses and residential properties within the roadway closure will remain accessible by foot traffic during construction.  No scheduled impacts are anticipated to the existing sidewalks along N Meridian St or W Main St next week, however we are getting close to where this could change, and we are committed to providing further notice no less than 24 hours in advance of any sidewalk removal.

Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N.  The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.

 

June 2, 2023

The Contractor successfully completed the underground utilities on the 100 Block of E Church St this week.  Also, the Contractor was successful in completing the installation of the new aggregate base within the 200 Block of N Meridian St and 100 Block of W Church St.  The Contractor expects to start the installation of the new concrete curb and gutter on these two blocks early next week.  Also, next week, the Contractor plans to finish the installation of the underground utilities within the 100 Block of N Meridian St.  The early part of the week the Contractor plans to focus on converting properties from the temp system to the new permanent main.  Then mid to late next week the utility crew will be focused on the installation of the new storm sewer along N Meridian St between Church and Main St.  The Contractor plans to continue to subcut and build the new roadway following the successful completion of the underground work on the 100 Block of E Church St and 100 Block of N Meridian St.

The second utility crew working on W Main St successfully completed the new sanitary sewer and watermain between Willow and Meridian St this week.  Early next week the Contractor plans to start the new storm sewer until confirmation of a successful bacteria test on the water main allowing the Contractor to convert properties from the temp system to the new permanent main.  Specifics of the water service transfers for both 100 N Meridian St and 100 W Main St were provided in a previous email update and physical door hangers delivered to every affected property today.

Additionally, construction Newsletter No. 5 was distributed by a previous email update and physically delivered to every property within the project area today.  The newsletter provided notice of the road closure of E Main St from the east side of Chestnut St to the west side of Walnut St proposed to start first thing Monday morning, June 12th.  The County Road 3 detour will be put in place at this time as well.  The intersections of Main and Meridian, Main and Chestnut, and Main and Walnut will remain open.  It is acknowledged that maintaining the current level of access into the downtown core is necessary and Contractor is committed to maintaining this level of access until segments north of Main St can be re-opened.

The Contractor plans to start temporary water work within the 200 and 300 Blocks of E Main St next week with goal to have the system ready for the week of the 12th.  Initial operations the week of the 12th will include pavement removals and conversion of properties from the existing watermain to the temporary system.  All affected properties will receive further notice no less than 24 hours in advance of any planned water disruptions.

Also, starting the week of June 12th, Centerpoint Energy will be working on gas main replacement along E Main St between Chestnut and Walnut St.  The gas main work is in support of the City’s project and anticipated to take 2-3 weeks to complete working alongside the City’s contractor.

All businesses and residential properties within the roadway closure will remain accessible by foot traffic during construction.  No impacts to the existing sidewalks along N Meridian St are anticipated for another two weeks.

Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N.  The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.

 

June 2, 2023

The City’s contractor, Ryan Contracting Co, has finished installing and testing the new water main along the blocks listed below.  Based on the successful pressure and bacteria testing, the new water main is ready for connection of each individual service line. The Contractor intends to start converting properties from the temporary water system to the new permanent water main.

Impacts include the following:

  • Temporary water interruption for individual properties on Monday, June 5th and Tuesday, June 6th from 6:30 am-8:00 pm on the 100 Block of N Meridian Street. 
  • Temporary water interruption for individual properties on Tuesday, June 6th and Wednesday, June 7th from 6:30 am-8:00 pm on the 100 Block of W Main Street. 

If you are in the affected area, the contractor will stop by your home/business to coordinate a time and it is anticipated that a short shutdown of up to 1-hour ± will be required to install the new water service and make the switch to the new water main.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this notice, please call Pat Schroepfer at (507) 327-5318.

Thank you for your continual patience and cooperation throughout the process of improving your street and utilities!

 

May 26, 2023

The Contractor successfully completed the new underground utilities within the 200 Block of N Meridian St and the 100 Block of W Church St this week.  Next week the Contractor still needs to complete a small amount of new storm sewer on the 100 Block of E Church St.  Also, next week, the Contractor plans to begin subcutting the roadway and installing the draintile, sand, and aggregate base within these three blocks.  The Contractor has the concrete crew scheduled to pour the new curb and gutter along these three blocks starting the week of June 5th.  Due to the narrower width of the concrete sidewalk along the west and east block of Church St, it is expected that the existing concrete sidewalk will be required to be removed next week to allow for the construction of the new curb and gutter.  In the sidewalk location a firm gravel surface will remain to allow for pedestrian access.

Two planned water main shutdowns are scheduled for next week.  The first shutdown is along the 100 Block of N Meridian St between Church St and Main St scheduled for Tuesday, May 30th.  The second shutdown is along W Main St between Market St and Meridian St scheduled for Wednesday, May 31st.  Specifics of the shutdown were provided in a previous email update and physical door hangers were delivered to every affected property yesterday.

The Contractor has already installed the new sanitary sewer within the 100 Block of N Meridian St, so after the water shutdown on Tuesday, the Contractor plans to complete the installation of the new watermain and storm sewer within this block.

The road closure of W Main St between Meridian St and Willow St is proposed to start first thing Tuesday morning, May 30th (see attached turning movement map).  The closure will include the intersection of W Main St and Willow St.  No work or traffic impact is planned for the intersection of Meridian and Main St.  The initial operation after the road closure on Tuesday will be the pavement removal followed by the conversion of the properties over to the temporary water system as part of the shutdown on Wednesday.  Immediately following the shutdown, the Contractor plans to focus on the installation of the new sanitary sewer heading west to east along the 100 Block of W Main St.

All businesses within the roadway closure will remain open and accessible by foot traffic during construction.  No impacts to the existing sidewalks along N Meridian are anticipated for at least the next two weeks yet.

Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N.  The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.

Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

 

May 25, 2023

As a function of the need to fully replace the watermain, properties in the project area will need to be transferred over to a temporary water supply system. Please see the water shutdown map for more information on the impacted areas.

Impacts include the following:

  • A water shutdown on Tuesday, May 30th from 8:00 am-5:00pm on N Meridian Street between Main Street and Church Street.
  • A water shutdown on Wednesday, May 31th from 8:00 am-12:00pm on W Main Street between Willow Street and Market Street.
  • A water shutdown on Wednesday, May 31st from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm on W Main Street between Willow Street and Meridian Street.

Water will be restored to individual properties immediately as each conversion is completed.

These times are approximate and could change due to weather, construction schedule, or other unforeseen difficulties.  Property owners will receive further notice if such changes occur.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this notice, please call Pat Schroepfer at (507) 327-5318.

Thank you for your continual patience and cooperation throughout the process of improving your street and utilities!

 

May 19, 2023

The Contractor successfully completed the new water main installation within the 200 Block of N Meridian St, the 100 Block of W Church St and the 100 Block of E Church St this week.  Immediately following the installation, the Contractor successfully executed the bacteria and pressure testing, allowing for the new water main to be put back into service.  The Contractor intends to start converting properties along the 200 Block of N Meridian St, the 100 Block of W Church St and the 100 Block of E Church St from the temporary water system to the new permanent water main during regular working hours (6:30 AM to 8:00 PM) on Monday, May 22nd and Tuesday, May 23rd.  Short interruptions to water service will be required during this conversion and physical door hangers were delivered to each affected property today with additional information.

Next week, after the installation of the new water services, the Contractor plans to continue working in the same three blocks to complete the installation of the new storm sewer.  The Contractor anticipates approximately two days to complete the new storm sewer up to the intersection of N Meridian and Church St.  The Contractor has also completed the installation of all the new sanitary sewer within the 200 Block of N Meridian St and both blocks of Church St.  Following the installation of all new underground utilities the Contractor plans to immediately start grading and installing the new roadway sand and gravel.

The Contractor still needs to conduct a water shutdown for the 100 block of N Meridian between Church and Main St. to convert properties over to the temporary water system.  No specific date has been set yet and at the earliest it is anticipated to be late next week.  More likely is that the shutdown will be right after Memorial Day.  All affected properties will receive further notice no less than 24 hours in advance of the planned day and time.

The Contractor has requested the opportunity to mobilize a second utility crew to aid in forward progress.  The area proposed for this second utility crew is the one block section of W Main St between Meridian and Willow St.  The road closure is proposed to start first thing Tuesday morning, May 30th and will include the full closure of the W Main and Willow St intersection.  No work is planned within the intersection of Meridian and Main St at this time and the intersection will remain fully operational from the south and east directions.

All businesses within the roadway closure will remain open and accessible by foot traffic during construction.  No impacts to the existing sidewalks along N Meridian St are anticipated for several more weeks yet.  The sidewalk along Church St is more difficult to maintain based on the narrower width between the building and back of curb, however no impact to this sidewalk is anticipated next week.

Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N.  The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.

 

May 19, 2023

The City’s contractor, Ryan Contracting Co, has finished installing and testing the new water main along the blocks listed below.  Based on the successful pressure and bacteria testing, the new water main is ready for connection of each individual service line.  The Contractor intends to start converting properties from the temporary water system to the new permanent water main along the 200 Block of N Meridian, 100 Block of W Church St and 100 Block of E Church St during regular working hours (6:30 to 8:00 pm) on Monday, May 22nd and Tuesday, May 23rd.

If you are in the affected area, the contractor will stop by your home/business to coordinate a time and it is anticipated that a short shutdown of up to 1-hour ± will be required to install the new water service and make the switch to the new water main.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this notice, please call Pat Schroepfer at (507) 327-5318.

 

May 12, 2023

The Contractor successfully completed the new sanitary sewer installation within N Meridian St between Church and Main St this week.  The contractor stopped on the north side of Main St and made a temporary connection to the existing sanitary sewer.  This connection will be removed and the new main extended into the intersection of Meridian and Main St as part of the next phase.

The Contractor also successfully installed the temporary water system this week.  All the water services along the 200 block of N Meridian between State and Church St have been converted over to the temporary system.  The two blocks of Church St are planned to be connected to the temporary system as part of a water shutdown scheduled for this coming Monday, May 15th.  Specifics of the shutdown were provided in a previous email update and physical door hanger delivered to each affected property today.  The remaining 100 block of N Meridian between Church and Main St is anticipated to be converted over to the temporary system sometime the week of the 22nd.  No specific date has been set yet and all properties will receive further notice no less than 24 hours in advance of the planned day and time.

It is expected the Contractor will continue installing the new water main within N Meridian St between State and Church St next week.  Following the successful installation of the new watermain, the contractor is required to perform both pressure and bacteria testing prior to connecting the new water services.  While this testing is being performed, the Contractor anticipates focusing on the new sanitary sewer and watermain installation within both blocks of Church St.

Additional updates from this past week are as follows:

  • The existing decorative streetlights located along Main St (both west and east blocks) and along S Meridian St were reenergized this week. Due to the reconfigured wiring the lights are required to remain on continuously, but goal was to reestablish lighting in the downtown areas not actively under construction.
  • 10 solar streetlights were installed this week throughout the project area. These lights are portable and able to be moved around as needed.  The intent is that these lights are used to supplement lighting in the downtown within and around the project area throughout the construction this summer.
  • All road closed barricades were moved to the perimeter of the construction area for this first phase effectively eliminating all the soft closure areas. It is anticipated that the barricades will remain in this configuration for the next 6-8 weeks.

All businesses within the roadway closure will remain open and accessible by foot traffic during construction.

Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N.  The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.

 

May 12, 2023

As a function of the need to fully replace the watermain, properties in the project area will need to be transferred over to a temporary water supply system. Please see the water shutdown map for more information on the impacted areas.

Impacts include the following:

  • A water shutdown on May 15th from 8:00 am-12:00pm for the intersection of E Church Street and Chestnut Street.
  • A water shutdown on May 15th from 12:00-4:00pm for the intersection of W Church Street and Willow Street.

Water will be restored to individual properties immediately as each conversion is completed.

These times are approximate and could change due to weather, construction schedule, or other unforeseen difficulties.  Property owners will receive further notice if such changes occur.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this notice, please call Pat Schroepfer at (507) 327-5318.

Thank you for your continual patience and cooperation throughout the process of improving your street and utilities!

 

May 10, 2023

As a function of the need to fully replace the watermain, properties in the project area will need to be transferred over to a temporary water supply system.

Initial impacts include a planned water shutdown on May 11th from 9:30am-10:30am for the 100 block of North Meridian and from 9:30am-1:00pm for the 200 block of North Meridian. Water will be restored to individual properties immediately as each conversion is completed.

These times are approximate and could change due to weather, construction schedule, or other unforeseen difficulties.  Property owners will receive further notice if such changes occur.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this notice, please call Pat Schroepfer at (507) 327-5318.

Thank you for your continual patience and cooperation throughout the process of improving your street and utilities!

 

May 5, 2023

Read the latest construction newsletter  to learn more about an authorized adjustment to include the replacement of the existing watermain with the 2023 Downtown Improvements.

It is expected that the Contractor will start preparations for the temporary water system first thing Monday morning.  The temporary water system will be limited to the project area under construction at any one time.  Additional information pertaining to the specifics of the temporary system and timing of any service interruptions will be provided to each affected property once available.  The actual transfer of water services from the existing city main to the new temporary system is not anticipated until late next week at the earliest.

The Contractor successfully completed the new sanitary sewer installation within N Meridian St between State and Church St this week.  The contractor has installed the new sanitary sewer manhole at the intersection of N Meridian and Church St and made temporary connections to the existing sanitary sewer to the west, east, and south.  The Contractor finished the week with the installation of the new storm sewer at the north end of N Meridian St near State St.

Next week the Contractor anticipates continuing the installation of the new sanitary sewer within N Meridian St heading south towards Main St.  This will allow time for the temporary watermain to be put into operation at which point the Contractor expects to begin replacement of the old watermain within N Meridian St starting at State St and heading south.

All businesses within the roadway closure will remain open and accessible by foot traffic during construction.

Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N.  The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.

Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

 

 

April 28, 2023

The Contractor successfully started construction this week.  The work this week focused on the reclaim of the existing bituminous pavement on N Meridian St between State St and Main St and Church St between Willow St and Chestnut St.  The Contractor also started the new sanitary sewer installation this week within the 200 block of N Meridian St starting at State St and working south.  The Contractor plans to complete work block by block to start with and anticipates having all the new sanitary sewer main completed within this first block by early next week.  Immediately following the sanitary sewer, the contractor plans to complete the new sewer service work and finish with the new storm sewer.  The Contractor anticipates being complete with most of the utility work within this first block by end of next week.

Also starting next week will be the installation of the vibration monitoring equipment and pre-construction building condition surveys within the following project area.  All vibration monitoring work is being conducted by Terracon Consultants Inc. out of Minneapolis, MN.  See project Newsletter No. 2 on the project website for more information.

  • 100 & 200 Block Meridian St N
  • 100 Block Meridian St S (to project limit)
  • 100 Block Main St W
  • 100 Block Main St E
  • 100 Block Church St E

All businesses within the roadway closure will remain open and accessible by foot traffic during construction.

Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N.  The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.

Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

April 21, 2023

Construction is set to begin on Monday, April 24th. The first operation on Monday morning will be the installation of the roadway closed barricades on N Meridian St between State St and Main St and Church St between Willow St and Chestnut St. Immediately following the closure, the contractor plans to reclaim the existing bituminous pavement within the closure area. Reclamation is the process where the existing pavement and aggregate base materials are pulverized and mixed to create a blended material suitable for reuse or for supporting vehicle traffic.  The contractor plans to remove the reclaim material only within the 200 Block of N Meridian St to begin with.  The reclaim material within the 100 Block of N Meridian St and two blocks of Church St will be compacted and left in place for local business access.

Following the removal of the reclaim material the Contractor plans to begin the installation of the new sanitary sewer mainline starting at State St and working south towards Main St.  The existing water main will be protected and with no planned interruption during the sanitary sewer installation.

All businesses within the roadway closure will remain open and accessible by foot traffic during construction.

Weekly construction meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N.  The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.

Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

 

April 14, 2023

Construction is anticipated to begin on Monday, April 24th.  The Contractor has confirmed that initial operations will include the roadway closure of N Meridian St between State St and Main St and Church St between Willow St and Chestnut St.  All intersections will remain open except for intersection of Meridian and Church St which will be closed to vehicle traffic.  There will be no work within the alleys at this time.

All businesses within the roadway closure will remain open and accessible by foot traffic during construction.

Weekly construction meetings will be held in person every Wednesday at 8:00 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 218 Meridian St N.  The first part of each meeting is open to the public for discussion on schedule and construction concerns.  The first weekly meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 26th.

Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

 

April 7, 2023

Upcoming Work

A specific construction start date has not been confirmed yet. The contractor is closely monitoring the forecasted weather and the current predicted start date is Monday, May 1st. Going forward, we are planning to distribute a weekly update each Friday to provide information on the construction schedule. Thank you for your patience, the contractor is eager to start work once the weather allows.

Contact

Please make sure to reach out to Cory Bienfang (Bolton & Menk) at 507-995-2936 or email bpdowntown2023@bolton-menk.com if you are interested in making any sewer or water service improvements.

FAQ

We have received the following list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and wanted to share our answers.

Q: When is the contractor coming back to clean up the remaining tree clearing debris?

A: An exact date has not been communicated yet, but the contractor will be coming back. It may not be until the roadway work officially begins.

Q: Will my existing concrete outwalk within the boulevard from the sidewalk to the back of curb be replaced with the project?

A: Yes, the project will allow for the replacement of all existing outwalks within the boulevard from the new sidewalk to the new curb and gutter. The maximum width of an outwalk is 5-feet.

Q: Where do I find updates regarding the project construction?

A: Anyone looking for more information about the project are encouraged to visit bpdowntown2023.com for construction updates and to sign up for email updates and email questions directly to the project team.

 

March 17, 2023

All tree removals were successfully completed this week.  It may be noticed that not all of the stumps have been removed and contractor is planning to come back in the spring to grub all remaining stumps.  Additional updates will be provided regarding construction start up once the date is confirmed.

 

March 8, 2023

Construction Project Open House for Downtown Property & Business Owners

Open houses kicking off the 2023 Downtown Improvement Project construction are fast approaching. Property owners, business owners, and residents in the following areas are encouraged to attend one of the two sessions:

  • 100 & 200 block Meridian St N,
  • 100 block Meridian St S,
  • 100 block Church St E,
  • 100 block Church St W,
  • 100 block Main St W,
  • 100, 200, & 300 block Main St E
  • Alleys in Blocks 91, 92 & 103

Those in the project area may choose to attend an open house at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 13th or 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14th. The open houses are being held in the Council Chambers, 218 Meridian St N.

Engineers from Bolton & Menk will be available to discuss construction-related items and logistics including municipal utility service line connections, business delivery logistics, and property access plans. Property owners thinking about changing their utility service line locations should share that information with engineers at the open house. The project will be sequenced by street. When construction on a particular section of street is occurring, street access will be closed. Therefore, property and business owners are encouraged to discuss delivery and property access, parking, and project timing with Bolton & Menk representatives.

Property owners, business owners, and residents in the project area that are unable to attend an open house are encouraged to visit www.bpdowntown2023.com you can sign up for email updates and email questions directly to the project team at Bolton & Menk.

City representatives will also be available at the open house to discuss financial assistance for potential changes impacting long-term use of buildings. There are definitive cost-savings to installing fire suppression connections, relocating restrooms, improving building electrical services, increasing potential building occupancy load, and installing building/access code improvements during street and utility reconstruction.

Construction start, weather-permitting, is scheduled for April. Trees will be removed in March.

 

February 13, 2023

Project Tree Removal as a function of the Northern Long-eared Bat

On Nov 29, 2022 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the Northern Long-eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Section 9 of the Federal ESA prohibits any person from “taking” an endangered species of fish or wildlife. The Section 9 take prohibition applies to federal and non-federal activities, including activities on private property. To take a species is to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect. Harm includes activities that destroy or significantly modify habitat to an extent that it actually kills or injuries the endangered species. Harassment includes intentional or negligent act or omission, which creates the likelihood of injury by annoying it in a way that disrupts normal behavioral patterns.

As a result, tree removal as part of the 2023 Downtown Project will occur prior to March 31st. Bats are underground hibernating in caves and mines during this time and will not be susceptible to injury or death because of tree clearing.

 

January 31, 2023

The City has executed a contract for the construction of the 2023 Downtown Improvement Project with Ryan Construction Co from Elko-New Market. Contract signing means construction is moving forward in 2023. Ryan and the City are working on a schedule and corresponding communications plan to ensure the project is completed safely and with appropriate sensitivity toward the impact on property owners, businesses, residents, and special events in Downtown.

Construction will begin this Spring with Main Street and Meridian Street substantially completed by year-end. Construction will progress on a sequential basis, starting with underground utilities, progressing to pavement and walkways, and ending with landscaping and amenities. Work is also expected to progress from area to area.

The contract states business access be maintained during the project. Sidewalk removal and reconstruction shall be staged such that a concrete surface continuously serves each business. Temporary fencing will be used to guide pedestrians and deliveries throughout the duration of the project. Street improvement work is not permitted to occur in the street and in the alley adjacent to any business at the same time.

Property and business owners will be receiving a mailing requesting them to participate in area-specific discussions. Topics will include a specific review of intended timelines, project staging, access, deliveries, concerns, and other similarly related issues.

Project communication will be multi-faceted and led by the city engineer’s office. In addition to this website featuring weekly updates and other important project information, community members may opt-in to weekly email updates to stay informed of construction happenings. A dynamic project area access route map will be available online, changing as construction progresses. The map will be provided to emergency services and is made available for business/property owner planning.

At this time, property owners and business operators are encouraged to think strategically about long-term property use. There are definitive cost-savings to installing fire suppression connections, relocating restrooms, improving building electrical services, increasing potential building occupancy load, and installing building/access code improvements during street and utility reconstruction. Thinking ahead by adding potential capacities and options can increase investment property sales value and remove potential hurdles for redevelopment or resale.

Property owners thinking about taking advantage of the potential reconstruction are urged to discuss plans with the City sooner rather than later. Oftentimes, collaboration promotes optimal outcomes and maximizes future options. Financial support through City/EDA low interest and/or forgivable loans is also a possibility.

CONSTRUCTION TIMEFRAME

Spring 2023 – Fall 2023

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Scott County will be reconstructing County Road 83 in Shakopee from Highway 169 to Valley Industrial Boulevard from April 2022 through the spring of 2023.

The purpose of the project is to address existing safety issues for people driving, walking, and biking by converting the 4-lane undivided highway to a 4-lane divided highway with added pedestrian facilities. This road is one of few roads providing north/south access through Shakopee into Prior Lake and provides critical access to major industrial areas and high-volume entertainment venues. This route is also an important connection for reginal traffic, connecting Highway 169 to Highway 101, County Road 16, County Road 42, and County Road 82.

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