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Emmetsburg Council Discusses Infrastructure Project Priorities

By Staff | Jan 13, 2011

Two major infrastructure projects are under consideration by Emmetsburg City Council and Emmetsburg Municipal Utilities. Which project has priority was discussed by City Council members Monday night.

Engineering for the Monroe Street Project is underway. However, the intersection at Main and Lawler also needs attention.

“If we go ahead with Monroe in 2011, can we bite off that much in 2012 for Main and Lawler?” questioned City Administrator John Bird. He said it would be possible to do the Main and Lawler project in phases.

In his brief to the council, Bird noted that the Department of Transportation has scheduled resurfacing projects on Highway 18 and Highway 4. He will meet with the DOT on March 24 to learn their project plans. Bird will discuss the city’s future project at Main and Lawler with the DOT, including defined pedestrian crosswalks and traffic signals.

The Monroe Street utility and street improvement project calls for paving, plus storm sewer, water main and sanitary sewer improvements. Projected street reconstruction would be from 5th to 12th Street on Monroe, 10th from Monroe to Des Moines Street, 11th Street from the U.P. Railroad to Jefferson, and on 12th Street from Monroe to Jefferson.

Likewise, the project at Main and Lawler is proposed to include the same infrastructure (water, storm sewer and sanitary sewer) improvements, extending out several directions from the intersection. The aging infrastructure is cause for concern during heavy rain events.

If the Main &?Lawler project would be done in phases, Bird suggested doing all of the project that involves the DOT in phase one.

“It’s going to take a lot of time to work with the DOT to figure out the cost estimates,” Bird told the council.

Council members agreed to proceed with the Monroe Street project first and move forward with cost estimates for phase one the Main and Lawler project.