Are you ready for some road work?
It is construction season in Blue Earth and crews are about to get busy.
This summer’s street project in Blue Earth includes improvements to Smith Drive, North Circle Drive, Tanglewood Lane and Oak Knoll Court, under the umbrella title of Royal Acres.
The $1.31 million project is expected to get underway this week, according to Blue Earth city engineer Wes Brown of Bolton and Menk.
“The contractor, Ulland Brothers Construction, expects to be doing surface removal this week,” Brown says. “They will start on the east end of Smith Drive and go to the west, to Moore Street, then on to North Circle Drive.”
Ulland Brothers of Albert Lea was the successful bidder on the project and will serve as the general contractor. However, they have sub-contracted the underground utility work to Holtmeier Construction of Mankato.
“Holtmeier will start on the utility work almost immediately after the pavement is removed,” Brown says. “That underground work will take eight to 10 weeks.”
The first part of the work will be the storm sewer installation, followed by the sanitary sewer and water improvements. The crews will work on Smith Drive first before moving on to North Circle Drive.
After all the utility work is completed, crews will do the curb and gutter installation and bring in aggregate (gravel) sub-base and grade to level. The final step is to actually install the first layer of bituminous pavement.
Completion date on the project is Oct. 15, according to the contract.
Brown says there has been a change in the schedule for the second part of the project the mill and overlay of Tanglewood Lane and Oak Knoll Court.
“That part of the project will probably not be done until next spring, maybe June,” Brown explains. “Ulland Brothers will do that work when they come back to put on the wear coat (second layer) of bituminous surface.”
The engineer did add that crews might do some of the curb and gutter repair this summer, but the actual mill and overlay work will be next year.
“It will probably only take them a week to do it (mill and overlay),” Brown says. “Just a day or two to mill off the old surface and another couple of days to apply the overlay surface. It should not inconvenience the homeowners on those streets too much.”
Blue Earth residents are going to see a lot of Ulland Brothers crews in town this summer.
Besides the work in the Royal Acres area, the Albert Lea company will also be applying the wear coat (second layer of bituminous) to last summer’s Second Street project.
“They will also be putting on the wear coat on the streets out at the new North Industrial Business Park,” Brown says.
Blue Earth has two other projects slated for this summer.
One is the paving of a section of 21st Street on the south side of the city. Blue Earth received a grant that will cover the majority of the cost of the project.
“We are completing the plans for the project and have to submit it to the state for approval,” Brown says. “But we still plan on letting bids for the work and expect the actual construction could happen by early August.”
The other project is a nearly $1 million taxilane improvement at the Blue Earth Municipal Airport, expected to be done later this year as well.
The City Council has not yet accepted the bid for the work, but they are expected to do so at their meeting on Monday.
The total cost is $942,800, with the city’s share at $120,535. The other funding is $408,150 from the federal government and $414,115 from the state.