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City Plans 2015 Lake Street Improvement

August 5, 2014
by Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

Lake Street, from Main to 4th Street, will receive a facelift next year.

Emmetsburg City Council engaged the services of Bolton &?Menk, Inc. as project engineers for the project. Action was taken at the July 28 council meeting.

Two engineering firms submitted proposals for the project. City Administrator John Bird noted that estimates for the project costs were very close between the two. Both included on-site inspection and a full time inspector. Engineering fee from Bolton &?Menk came in below that submitted by I&S?Group.

Neil Guess, Principal Engineer with Bolton &?Menk, was at the council meeting. His firm proposes construction from May to September, 2015.

Guess stated that five months should be adequate to complete the project. He pointed out that the project would be split in three phases.

"Let the contractor get the underground done in the first couple blocks, then start on the next block," Guess said. "The way we are looking at it, they can't do any more on that next block until the paving is done. We don't want to leave all eight blocks open at once."

Guess added, "Really, there's not that many property owners who will have to walk very far to get access around the corner or off a side street. We plan on leaving the sidewalks alone so they'll be accessible."

The engineer also proposed holding a public input meeting this fall.

"We will have a public input meeting right up front, so people can have a dialogue with Bolton &?Menk," said Guess. "It's a system that works well for us. Property owners get some buy-in early in the project and they have somebody they can call. I suggest we get the meeting set up as soon as we can."

Bird pointed out the need to complete the field work to determine the width of the street. Guess said he had given the surveyors a heads up to start the work.

Council members voted unanimously to hire the professional services of Bolton &?Menk.

Lake Street Project

Reconstruction of Lake Street will extend from 4th Street to Main Street; 7th Street from Broadway to Lake Street; 8th Street from Lake Street to Palmer Street; and Palmer Street from 8th Street to Main Street.

In their proposal to the city, Bolton &?Menk will provide professional engineering services for the project. Basic improvements anticipated as part of this project include:

Complete street removal and replacement

Replacement of water mains and service lines

Replacement of sanitary sewer mains and services

Verify condition of storm sewer, use as-is if in good condition, replace all intake structures

Install parking adjacent to street on the south and west sides of Soper Park

Pubic informational meetings and individual property owner meetings as needed

Replacement of sidewalk pedestrian ramps at intersections

Remove and replace driveways to the face of the sidewalk

Complete storm water modeling and consider storm water volume and quality alternatives along Soper Park area

Provide recommendation regarding preferred pavement type, PCC or HMA pavement.

"We want to make sure we're taking care of your citizens as well as taking care of the contract," Neil Guess told the council.



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