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Street projects set for 2011

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Alexandria City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven calls street overlays one of the least exciting but most important projects the city does.

The Alexandria City Council recently approved a list of 17 overlay projects that are in the hopper for next year.

Giving the streets a new layer of protection helps them last longer and delivers a "tremendous bang for the buck," Schoonhoven said.

If the city didn't do overlays every year, the streets would rapidly deteriorate to the point where a complete reconstruction was needed - a much more costly option, Schoonhoven explained.

Combined, the overlays are estimated to cost $666,615. More than half of that amount is for the Rosewood Lane project, which spans about two miles.

The council approved an $86,950 agreement with Widseth Smith Nolting and Associates to provide engineering services for the following overlay projects in 2011:

•Rosewood Lane, from 6th Avenue to 50th Avenue.

•Kenwood Street, from 6th to 8th Avenue.

•Lake Street, from 3rd to 5th Avenue, and from 6th to 8th Avenue.

•6th Avenue, from Rosewood Lane to Runestone Drive.

•7th Avenue, from Victor Street to Rosewood Lane.

•Darling Avenue East, from Viking Place to Runestone Place.

•Irving Place, from Viking Place to Runestone Place.

•Lakepark Place, from Viking Place to Runestone Place.

•Lakepark Avenue, from Viking Place to Runestone Place.

•Viking Place, from Darling Avenue East to Runestone Place.

•Runestone Place, from Darling Avenue East to Birch Avenue.

•Ivy Circle west of Linden Avenue.

•Sumac Drive west of Linden Avenue.

•Linden Avenue north of Highway 27.

•Sugarbush Lane east of Linden Avenue.

•Maple Lane east of Linden Avenue.

•Lilac Lane south of Highway 27.

Council members asked a few questions about the Rosewood Lane project. They noted there have been drainage problems in that area and wanted to know if the overlay project addressed that.

Schoonhoven said that the overlays are only for pavement but he added that ideas to improve drainage along Rosewood are also being worked on.

Council member Elroy Frank, after pointing out how extensive the Rosewood Lane project is, asked if the city had to do the project now.

Schoonhoven said that the road is falling apart. Resurfacing it is expected to cost about $350,000 but waiting could force the city to completely reconstruct the road, which could cost four times that amount, he said.

Survey work on the overlay projects will start right away. The overlays will be completed during the 2011 construction season.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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