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Project Updates

November 25, 2020:

The 2020 construction season for the Cologne Street & Utility Project will be coming to an end at the beginning of December. There is some storm sewer work that will be constructed the first week of December along Lake Street/County Road 36, and that will be the last item for the year. It was known that a project of this magnitude was going to be difficult to finish in just one construction season and the completion of the project into 2021 was anticipated to be a possibility. The project is approximately 75% complete through the end of November. All streets that were impacted with construction this year have been paved prior to winter to allow for plowing and safe travel through the winter. Work remaining for the 2021 construction season includes:

  • All work in Phase 4B (Park Street and Adams Avenue North)
  • Sod for yards that did not receive any this fall prior to freezing temperatures
  • Final lift of pavement on all streets and alleys that were constructed in 2020
  • Miscellaneous clean up items

Thank you for your patience and cooperation throughout construction this summer.


November 5, 2020:

Phase 1: Sod is now placed on all properties.

Phase 2: Sod is now placed and looking good. There is a small amount of clean up work to be completed yet this fall.

Phase 3: Sod is being placed and should be completed soon. The last few areas of paving will be completed this week.

Phase 4: Paving is happening today and should be completed by the end of this week. Grading behind the curb should shortly follow, along with placement of street signs and soil stabilization.

Alleys: Alleys are being paved today and should be completed by the end of the week.


October 29, 2020:

Phase 2: Street signs have now been installed.

Phase 3: Street signs are being installed. Mailboxes will be put back in place this week. There are a few remaining driveways that need to be completed and those are anticipated to be constructed next week.

Phase 4: The street section is being constructed and should be completed by the end of this week. Concrete curb work is expected to begin on Monday, November 2. You will receive notifications about the concrete. It requires 7 days to cure before it can be driven on. Paving of the streets is anticipated for the end of next week.

Alleys: Alleys will be paved in conjunction with Phase 4 streets. This paving work is anticipated for the end of next week.


October 23, 2020:

The early snow and cold weather this week has put a hold on construction for the remainder of the week and into early next week. It is expected that temperatures will warm up again later next week so we can get back to work. Any schedule estimates below are tentative due to the weather forecast.

Phase 2: Topsoil has been placed and grading is complete. The next steps of restoration will be to sod and install street signs.

Phase 3: Topsoil has been placed and grading is complete. Utilities are complete except for some storm sewer in the VFW Park. The pond will be finished later this fall after the ground freezes. There are a couple driveways that will be constructed once better weather returns. The last steps of restoration will be to sod and install street signs.

Phase 4: Utility work is complete and homes in Phase 4A are now hooked up to the new watermain. Constructing the streets will be the next item of work. The schedule on that is uncertain due to the weather, but it is likely to start up again later next week.


October 16, 2020:

Phase 2: The second lift of paving was completed on the truck sections for Mill Street and Adams Avenue. Concrete steps were also completed. The contractor will be working on grading out yards and placing sod next. In the next few weeks you will see street signs go back up as well.

Phase 3: Paving was completed Wednesday night. There is still work remaining to finish up the pond in VFW Park that will continue next week. Yard grading will continue into next week and should be followed shortly after by placement of sod.

Phase 4: Watermain and storm sewer work is complete. Next week the contractor will begin constructing water services to homes and should only take a few days. Towards the end of next week they will begin constructing the road section by placing sand and aggregate in preparation for curb and gutter the week of October 26.

Alleys will be paved prior to winter. The contractor will be fine tuning the grading in the alleys in the next week or so and they will be paved at the same time as Phase 4 streets.


October 12, 2020:

Phase 2: Retaining walls are complete. Early next week, crews will be constructing the steps and other miscellaneous concrete work that remains. Final yard grading and placement of sod will be occurring in the next few weeks.

Phase 3: Curb and gutter and concrete driveways are close to complete, with only a few locations left to finish this week. Paving of Phase 3 is anticipated mid-week. Following paving, you will see crews finishing the pond,  grading the yards, and completing yard restoration work in the next few weeks.

Phase 4: Watermain work is well under way and should be completed this week. Storm sewer construction will follow the watermain this week. Water services are anticipated to be installed later in the week or early the week of October 19. Once utilities are complete, crews will start grading the road in preparation for curb and gutter near the end of October.


October 2, 2020:

Phase 2: Retaining walls are close to being completed. This work will continue into next week and will be followed by finishing any remaining concrete steps and some curb locations that will be poured in the next few weeks. Final yard grading and placement of sod will be occurring in the next few weeks.

Phase 3: All utility work has been completed. The storm pond should be completed next week. The aggregate has been placed and the road and set to grade. You can expect to see concrete curb and gutter poured beginning next Monday, October 5. You should have received flyers about access and parking during the cure time for the concrete. Concrete driveways will also be poured next week. After the curb has cured to full strength, paving of the streets will follow in a few weeks. And restoration work will follow paving.

Phase 4: The temporary water system is being tested and will be hooked up to homes next week. You can anticipate to see sanitary, watermain, and storm sewer construction beginning Monday and continuing through the next few weeks.


September 28, 2020:

Phase 2: Retaining walls are currently under construction. This work will continue this week and will be followed by finishing any remaining concrete steps and some curb locations that will be poured in the next few weeks to wrap up concrete work in Phase 2. Final yard grading and placement of sod will be occurring in the next few weeks.

Phase 3: Storm sewer should be completed early this week. The pond in VFW park has been excavated and will be tied into the storm sewer system soon. The pond will provide stormwater treatment prior to releasing storm water into the creek along the railroad tracks. The road section will continue to be placed along streets in Phase 3 this week. In October, curb and gutter will be poured, along with driveways and paving.

Phase 4: Removals of street, curb, driveways, and other items have been completed. There are still trees that need to be removed and some utility pole relocations remain. Starting this week, the temporary water system will be hooked up to homes so the work on sanitary and watermain can begin. This utility work will take a week or two and will open up large trenches in the street that may cause temporary inconveniences.


September 18, 2020:

Phase 1: Sod has been placed for the majority of residents and the remainder should be finished next week. The contractor is responsible for watering the sod for the first 30 days after placement. Some of the last items for the fall will be installing street signs and planting trees.

Phase 2: Paving was completed yesterday. Work is being done this week to grade boulevards with topsoil. Retaining wall construction will begin next week. Final yard grading and placement of sod will be occurring in the next few weeks.

Phase 3: Water services should be completed this week or early next week. The contractor will then move on to finishing the storm sewer. This sewer work will take until at least the end of next week. After utilities are complete, the street section will be placed, with curb and paving to follow.

Phase 4: The contractor will be constructing a portion of Phase 4 this fall. It has been determined that it is not feasible to construct the entire phase prior to freezing weather. The construction area this fall will consist of Edward Avenue, Park Street east of Adams Avenue, and Adams Avenue south of Park Street. These streets will be reclaimed next Monday, September 21. Next week, driveways, curbs, trees, etc. will be removed. Utility work is anticipated to begin approximately the beginning of October.


September 11, 2020:

Phase 1: New sod will be placed next week. The contractor is responsible for watering the sod for the first 30 days after placement.

Phase 2: Paving is anticipated to take place early next week, weather dependent. After paving is complete, construction on the retaining walls will be the next step of the project. Wall work will be followed by boulevard grading and turf restoration.

Phase 3: Utility work is still underway. This week was primarily storm sewer construction. Next week, work on the water services to homes will continue. Please refer to the mailer from July 28 about water hookup procedures. Utility work will continue in Phase 3 for approximately 2 more weeks.


September 4, 2020:

Phase 1: Topsoil has been placed throughout Phase 1. You can anticipate new sod to be placed next week. The contractor is responsible for watering the sod for the first 30 days after placement.

Phase 2: Final grading of the streets will occur next week. Paving in Phase 2 is anticipated to occur the week of September 14. Following paving, you will see retaining walls constructed followed by topsoil and sod.

Phase 3: Watermain construction has been completed for Phase 3. Storm sewer construction will occur next week, followed by water service connections. The utility work will continue for another couple of weeks.


August 28, 2020:

Phase 1: Bituminous driveways are being paved today. Topsoil is being spread and should be completed this week. Next week it is anticipated that new sod will be placed.

Phase 2: Concrete work has been completed. Next week the contractor will be grading the road in preparation for paving. Paving will take place once the road has been graded, likely to occur in the next week or two.

Phase 3: Watermain is currently under construction and is getting close to being finished. The next steps will be for the contractor to install storm sewer and water services. This work will take a few weeks to complete. The streets will be excavated again for these utilities. Xcel is currently working on pole relocations that need to be moved for the new street infrastructure.


August 20, 2020:

Phase 1: Paving of base course was completed this week. Bituminous driveways are anticipated to be paved next week. The contractor is working on grading out yards in preparation for topsoil and sod placement. The topsoil and sod are expected to be placed the week of August 31.

Phase 2: Curb and gutter along with concrete driveways were poured this week and should be complete today. You will not be able to drive on these until 7 days have passed, allowing the concrete to fully cure. Later next week, the contractor will be grading the streets in preparation for paving.

Phase 3: Watermain is being constructed on Edward Ave N today. Crews will continue watermain work throughout Phase 3 for the next couple of weeks. Storm sewer installation will follow the watermain work. The large utility trenches may cause inconvenience at times to driveway access and road access.


August 13, 2020:

Phase 1: Street grading has been on going this week. Due to rain this week, paving has been delayed to early next week, weather dependent. The final steps after paving will be bituminous driveways paved, yard grading restored, and sod will be placed.

Phase 2: Street excavation and placement of aggregate section is being worked on and expected to be complete next week. The next step will be to place curb and gutter in the coming weeks.

Phase 3: The majority of removals have been complete. Trees are being cleared this week and should be complete Friday. Early next week you will see the watermain construction begin. You will receive notifications about expected water shut downs as we switch homes over to the temporary water system.

Private utility companies will continue their work in Phases 3 and 4 in the upcoming weeks.


August 6, 2020:

Phase 1: Curb and driveways will have sufficient curing times on Friday, August 7. Tomorrow, the ribbons will be removed and the street ramped back into your driveways so you can use them as you normally would after that. Street grades will be fine-tuned starting next week and paving is now anticipated for Friday, August 14.

Phase 2: Utility work has been completed. Street excavation and grading is expected to start on Monday, August 10 and will last a few days. The street grading will prepare the roads for curb and gutter in the coming weeks.

Phase 3: Removals of curb, driveways, and other items began today. Removals are expected to continue tomorrow and possibly into early next week. You will see temporary water systems being setup tomorrow and will go through testing early next week. Temporary water service is anticipated to be hooked up to homes approximately Wednesday, August 12. You will receive notices about any temporary water shutdowns related to hooking up the system. Watermain construction could begin later next week.

Private utility companies will continue their work in Phases 3 and 4 in the upcoming weeks.


July 31, 2020:

Phase 1: Curb and gutter is complete and driveways should be complete today. You will not be able to drive on the new concrete until 7 days after it was poured to allow for a full curing and adequate strength. Paving of streets is expected to occur late next week or the week of August 10. You will be notified with flyers and in person as the date approaches.

Phase 2: Watermain testing has passed and they are now working on connecting water services to homes and business that will continue for a few days. Storm sewer is complete south of the railroad tracks. Beginning on Tuesday, August 4, the street grading will begin and will last a few days.

Phase 3: Reclamation of streets will occur on Tuesday, August 4. No street parking will be allowed on that day. Removals of curb, driveways, and other items will continue the remainder of next week. Watermain construction will begin later next week or the week of August 10.

Private utility companies will continue their work in Phases 3 and 4 in the upcoming weeks.


July 24, 2020:

Phase 1: Streets are currently being graded in preparation for curb and paving. Curb and gutter construction is anticipated to begin starting Tuesday, July 28 and likely ending July 31. This activity will have significant impacts on residents as you will not be able to park on the street or access your driveway with a vehicle. Street paving is expected to take place approximately August 7.

Phase 2: Watermain work is complete. Next week we will be constructing storm sewer and that should last most of the week. Water service connections, followed by street excavations are anticipated to take place the week of August 3.

Phase 3: Reclamation of streets in Phase 3 are expected to begin the week of August 3. And removals of curb, driveways, walls, etc. could take place towards the end of that week or the week of August 10. Residents in Phase 3 will be mailed formal notifications next week.

Private utility companies will continue their work in Phases 3 and 4 in the upcoming weeks.


July 17, 2020:

Construction is progressing in Phase 1 and 2. Storm sewer in Phase 1 will be complete this week. The contractor will be grading roads in Phase 1 beginning on July 22 or 23. This is in preparation for pouring the curb & gutter in Phase 1 the week of July 27. In Phase 2, watermain and storm sewer will be constructed next week and may continue into the week of July 27. A watermain connection will be made at the intersection of TH 284 and Mill Street on Monday, July 20. Private utility companies (electric, gas, and communications) will continue working in Phases 3 and 4 in the upcoming weeks.


July 9, 2020:

Construction is still progressing in Phases 1 and 2 of the project. In Phase 1, the gas relocation efforts will be completed tomorrow (weather permitting). Storm sewer installation work will then commence early next week and street excavation/construction work will commence late next week. In Phase 2, additional work to install the temporary water system will occur next week. Utility work in Phase 2 will begin as soon as storm sewer work in Phase 1 is complete.


July 7, 2020:

Construction is still progressing in Phases 1 and 2 of the project. Edward Avenue South, Pleasant Street, and Adams Circle utility work in Phase 1 has been completed and streets have been prepared for curb and paving in the upcoming weeks. The new gas main in both Phases 1 and 2 is being installed by CenterPoint and the old pipe will be removed this week. When this work is completed later this week or early next week, storm sewer construction will occur on Louis Street. The work on Louis Street will create some larger trenches and inconveniences at times. Also later this week, temporary water is planned to be connected to residents in Phase 2. Please refer to the information that was previously mailed for connection procedures. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.


June 19, 2020:

Watermain and services have been completed in Phase 1. The pipe crews will continue working on storm sewer installation next week. This will create large trenches that may create inconveniences at times. We will try to minimize any disruption to the streets to the extent possible. On Monday, June 22, the contractor will be paving the patch in TH 284/Paul Avenue at Louis Street. Towards the end of next week, the contractor will begin working on grading some of the streets in Phase 1 in preparation for eventually placing curb and paving. Xcel and Centerpoint will continue their improvements throughout the project site. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.


June 15, 2020

This week, construction on watermain services will continue throughout Phase 1. CenterPoint and Xcel Energy will also continue their relocations and improvements in all phases of the project. Removals of curb, driveways, retaining walls, and other structures may begin late this week. There is also a chance that the temporary water system could be set up for residents in Phase 2 later in the week. Residents in Phase 2 will receive further notification when the exact date to be connected becomes more certain. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.


June 5, 2020:

The watermain in Phase 1 has been completed. Construction on the watermain services throughout Phase 1 will continue for the next few weeks. Work has been partially completed on all of the alleys north of Playhouse Street. Starting next week, likely June 9, the contractor will begin removing the pavement on Phase 2 of the project. Phase 2 includes Jacob Avenue S, Mill Street, and Adams Avenue south of the railroad tracks. Residents in Phase 2 will receive letters about details of construction. Centerpoint Energy (Michels trucks) and Xcel Energy will continue their utility relocations and improvements throughout all phases of the project.  Thank you for your patience and cooperation.


May 26, 2020:

The sanitary sewer in Phase 1 has been completed on Louis Street. Construction on the watermain throughout Phase 1 will continue for the next few weeks. In conjunction with the City’s project, gas lines are being upgraded by Centerpoint Energy in Phase 1. You will see their trucks and equipment (Construction done by Michels) on site as well. Xcel Energy is scheduled to start power pole relocations starting this week as well. On Friday, May 22, work began on the Alley between Playhouse St and Lake St. The construction will continue on all of the alleys north of Playhouse Street for the next few weeks. Residents will be notified by field staff and flyers will be taped to your door as to when vehicles will need to be moved and access will be limited. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.


May 15, 2020:

Construction on the new sanitary sewer and watermain is underway in Phase 1. This utility work will continue for several more weeks. Starting later next week, the contractor will begin work on all alleys that are north of Playhouse Street and south of Park Street. Residents affected by the alley work will receive letters in the mail in the next few days for specifics. This work in both areas will create large trenches in the streets that will cause inconvenience to residents at times. Driveway access will be maintained to the extent possible. Please notify the project representatives, listed on the website and in mailed information, of any special requirements or needs so that we can help alleviate any inconveniences as best we can. Thank you for your patience with this work.


May 8, 2020:

Temporary water hookups are anticipated to begin next week (week of May 11) for Stage 1 of construction. Please refer to the flyers you previously received in the mail for procedures required to hook up. Construction on the new sanitary sewer and watermain is anticipated to begin on May 13. This utility work will last for several weeks. This work will create large trenches in the streets that will cause inconvenience to residents at times. Driveway access will be maintained to the extent possible. Please notify the project representatives listed on the website of any special requirements or needs so that we can help alleviate any inconveniences as best we can. Thank you for your patience with this work.


April 15, 2020:

Construction is anticipated to begin the last week of April for Stage 1. Stage 1 consists of Louis Street as well as all streets south of Louis Street. These streets will be closed to through traffic during the major construction activities of this stage. Driveway access will be maintained to the extent possible. The project will have 4 stages throughout the year, generally occurring from south to north.  Letters with additional information will be sent to residents as the project progresses into their area of town.


April 8, 2020:

The construction contract was awarded to GMH Asphalt Corporation from Chaska at the April 6, 2020 City Council meeting. Work on construction contracts, bonds, insurance, submittals, etc. is underway. Construction is anticipated to start in late April. A letter with additional information will be sent to all property owners.


March 16, 2020:

The preparation of the final plans and specifications is complete. The project is currently being advertised to prospective bidders. The bidding schedule includes the opening of the bids on March 31, 2020 followed by the consideration to award the project to the lowest bidder on April 6, 2020.


February 5, 2020:

The final design is progressing. Coordination meetings have been held with the TC&W Railroad, the Carver County Water Management Organization, and with City staff to address many design issues. The results of these meetings are being incorporated into the plans and specifications. It is anticipated that the project will be bid in the spring to allow for construction to start as the weather allows.


December 5, 2019:

After receiving input from the project Open House and Public Hearing this past year, along with numerous conversations with property owners, the project design has been refined.  An updated layout based on the current project design has been posted to the website.  This layout conveys more specific construction impacts to the project area than previously shown.  Items such as tree removals and utility improvements are viewable in the layout.  Interested parties can use the PDF on the Layouts & Images page to view areas of interest.  The design is still in development and the impacts shown may still change during the final design process throughout the winter of 2019/2020.


September 19, 2019:

At the September 16, 2019 City Council meeting the Council ordered the improvements and authorized the final design of the project.  This includes the full project scope with the exception of burying the overhead utilities.  The overhead utilities will not be buried as part of this project.  More specific items, such as street widths and tree removals, will be discussed in more detail during the final design phase of the project.


September 6, 2019:

A Public Hearing for the proposed project was held on September 3, 2019.  At this meeting the City Council took comments from the property owners and discussed the project.  A decision about proceeding to the design phase of the project, as well as what the scope of work will include, will be made at an upcoming City Council meeting.


August 9, 2019:

At the August 5, 2019 City Council meeting the Council approved the Feasibility Study and called the Public Hearing.  This Public Hearing will be held on September 3, 2019 at 7 pm at City Hall.  The purpose of this meeting is to review the project scope, discuss the estimated costs/assessments, and allow for any concerned property owners to address the City Council directly.


July 1, 2019:

An Open House was held on June 26, 2019 to share the project information compiled to date.  The proposed scope of work was discussed.  Please refer to the boards and information located on the Layouts & Images page.  The following figures were also shared with the public that show the typical infrastructure located within public right-of-way along with the proposed street sections and other project/construction information.

What’s Under My Street

Proposed Street Sections