The work is done, and the barricades are finally down.
Only a month late, largely because they had to deal with a lot of ground water at levels higher than expected.
The entire project has experienced delays and setbacks, starting with the very long time it took for MnDOT to approve the project in the first place. Following the prescribed process, construction bids were opened July 16, fairly late in the construction season.
The decision was made to split the project into two phases, so that at least one could be completed this year. The section of State Street (Highway 22) from Highway 55 northward to Stearns Ave. was completed this year. In the spring, when weather allows, construction will resume from Stearns Ave. northward.
The road was removed, and new water and sanitary sewer lines installed before a new road was put down. The railroad crossing was improved, and that work is completed. Sidewalks were replaced all along State Street. Colored concrete will be installed in
spring along the boulevards.
Additional street lights will be installed this month. But otherwise construction should be done until spring.
Construction is always a frustrating process. Thanks to hard-working crews, patient businesses, and cooperative drivers, this project went very well.
The roadway is finished on TH22, between Hwy. 55 and Stearns Ave. in Eden Valley, the railroad crossing is completed, and sidewalks are in. The space between the sidewalks and curb are filled in with dirt, to be replaced with colored concrete in the spring. The road project will continue (from Stearns Ave. north) in the spring. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.