What’s new with Alexandria's 18th Avenue?

Almost all of the 18th Avenue work that was scheduled for this year is complete.

18th Avenue reconstruction
This view shows Alexandria's 18th Avenue looking east and across Broadway from O'Reilly Auto Parts. The section to the right where the red truck is (on the west side of Broadway) is already open.
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ALEXANDRIA – Almost all of the 18th Avenue work that was scheduled for this year is complete, according to City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven.

Schoonhoven updated the Alexandria City Council about the project Monday night, Oct. 10, and gave these highlights:

  • All underground utilities that were scheduled for installation this year are complete.
  • The repaving, widening and restriping of Broadway is complete.
  • 18th Avenue between Fillmore and Broadway (by Taco Johns) is complete and open to traffic.
  • 18th Avenue between Broadway and Hawthorne Street and Hawthorne Street between 17th and 18th (by Cenex and Dairy Queen) are both open to traffic. A decision was made to hold off on the final lift of pavement on this section until 2023 because of concerns regarding difficult soil conditions.
  • 18th Avenue between Hawthorne Street and Jefferson Street is complete up to the base lift of pavement. The final lift of pavement will be placed in 2023. This section will not be open to traffic this year.
  • The deep sanitary sewer through the campus south of 18th Avenue has been installed and is currently plugged just south of 18th Avenue.
  • Next year’s work will include utility installations and the reconstruction of 18th Avenue between Nokomis and Jefferson (through the campus) and also north on Jefferson to 12th Avenue.
  • The remaining work for this year includes minor grading and seeding on Hawthorne Street and a few miscellaneous odds and ends.

"All in all, the year went very well," said Schoonhoven, adding that the lack of rain helped crews get the work done on schedule. There were only minor changes and no significant cost overruns.
Schoonhoven said work will resume as soon as possible next spring, perhaps the second week of May.

The overall cost of the project is $8.15 million. The total amount of federal and state aid funding is $5,293,613, Schoonhoven said. The Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District will cover $1.67 million of the cost, ALP Utilities’ share amounts to $891,730, and the city's stormwater utility funds will provide $158,502. Other funding will come from local landscaping — $80,842, state-aid eligible landscaping — $42,000, and other local funding — $55,034.

Tim Schoonhoven

The project will reconstruct 18th Avenue between Nokomis Street and Fillmore Street. It includes reconstruction and realignment of 18th Avenue, the reconstruction of Hawthorne Street between 17th and 18th Avenue, the reconstruction of Jefferson Street between 12th and 18th Avenue, and a right turn lane on Broadway.


The project will also replace old water lines, outdated sewer systems, and eliminate a lift station that would need to be replaced soon.

All six phases of the project are expected to be completed by mid-August in 2023. The project will be under a one-year warranty from the final completion date.

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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