In 2021, the City of Wabasso was awarded a $1,250,000 grant through the Minnesota Local Road Improvement Program (LRIP) to improve Cedar Street from Highway 68 to May Street. This grant provides funding for the reconstruction of roads that are important to the communities. These are the roads that serve area businesses, schools, churches, and other important facets of our communities. The 2022-2023 Cedar Street Improvements project was awarded this grant because it meets all of these criteria.
The Cedar Street Improvements consists of reconstructing the storm sewer system, curb & gutter, sidewalk, driveways, and the street surface. The new storm sewer system will have larger pipe sizes, additional catch basins, and improved catch basin locations. The street surface and walks and driveways will also be reconstructed. All new sidewalks will meet ADA standards. The street will be narrowed approximately 6 feet. This will save cost for the city and residents, and will create room for a new sidewalk along the public school parking lot. This means that there will be full ADA-compliant sidewalk from Highway 68 to the public school on both sides of Cedar Street.
This fall, the first of two phases of the 2022-2023 Cedar Street Improvements will take place. The first phase consists of completing all storm sewer, concrete work, and the first layer of pavement on the south 3 blocks from Highway 68 to Main Street.
Phase 2 will begin in June 2023 after school is out, and will include the north 3 blocks: Main Street to May Street. The work in this section will also include completing all the storm sewer, concrete work, and the first layer of pavement. The second and final layer of pavement on the south three blocks from phase one will also be constructed this year. The final layer of pavement on the north three blocks in Phase 2 will be constructed the following year, in the summer of 2024.
Contractor: M.R. Paving & Excavating
Engineer: Bolton & Menk, Inc.