Smooth surface coming for bumpy Fallbrook Avenue in Wyoming

Wyoming moving forward with needed street repairs

Alice Pickering
Wyoming Reporter

Travel on Fallbrook Avenue, through the Wyoming Industrial Park, has been a bumpy ride for a long while. Although no date has been set to begin the work, the street will likely get a new surface during the summer months.

Wyoming City Council ordered the Fallbrook Avenue Reconstruction Project at its Tuesday, Feb. 21 meeting. Action included authorizing the preparation of plans and specifications.

The feasibility study for the street repair project was presented in January. City Engineer Mark Erichson reviewed main points on Feb. 21.

The street reconstruction is for 1,700 feet of Fallbrook Ave., north from 264th Street. This will complete improvements to the street whose northern 800 feet were repaved in conjunction with a storm water main extension from US-61 to Fallbrook in 2009.

Money was not available to repair the entire street in 2009, so the work was put on hold until this year.

The street is to be a 26-feet wide urban section roadway, paved and with concrete curb and gutter.  It makes economic sense to make other infrastructure improvements as part of the street repair project, the engineer said.

As part of the improvements, 610 feet of the sanitary sewer lines are to be replaced. The 12-inch pipe is to be replaced with pipe with 18 inches in diameter.  This is in anticipation of connecting with the sewer main on the west side of the freeway.

There will also be upgrades to the water system with the replacement of older fire hydrants. Deep ditches along the road will be kept and three storm water collection areas will be constructed along the street. The latter is a Municipal State Aid to Streets requirement.

Total project cost for the reconstruction is $817,730, including  10 percent contingency fund and 25 percent for indirect costs. Of this, $610,183 is for surface improvements and $101,200 is for drainage improvement. Sanitary sewer improvements are estimated to cost $75,409 and water system improvements $30,938.

The funds to pay for the projects will come from a combination of the three city utility funds; water, sanitary sewer, and storm water; MSAS dollars and special assessments to benefiting properties.

Funds for the water system improvements and sanitary sewer upgrades are the city’s responsibility and money will come from the water utility fund ($30,938) and sanitary sewer utility fund ($75,409) for a total of $106,347.

MSAS will cover $503,308 of the street repairs and storm water improvements. The city with contribute a total of $65,798 for the street surface and storm water improvements.

Part of the project cost will be assessed to property owners. Three different assessment scenarios were considered — 20 percent, 30 percent, and 50 percent. The 20 percent scenario was accepted by the council.

Assessments will contribute $142,277 with $122,037 designated for street repairs and $20,240 for the drainage improvements.

Erichson will begin preparation of plans and specifications right away, but no date was set for presentation. The council approved the project by a vote of 5-0.

More on US-61

According to Erichson’s written report, MNDOT is reviewing plans for the US-61 improvement project that will include new turn lanes at 250th Street.

One important item to be determined is the six-week window in which the work can be completed without interfering with Minnesota Primary Election on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Maranatha Church or Stagecoach Days Sep. 15-16.

Other Reports

Based on the recommendation of the Wyoming Park Board the city council authorized the board to enter into an agreement with the YMCA to continue the  “Park Play Days” program during the summer of 2012. Cost for the program is $2000.

The program has had an increasing number of participants. Approval was unanimous.

The annual water report shows that 129,483,100 gallons of water were pumped in 2011. The number of gallons sold was 126,435,332.

Jason Windingstad, public works director, reported the three million gallons difference is due to hydrant flushing, fire protection, and water main breaks. The largest volume pumped in one day was 295,000 gallons.

Windingstad also reported that winter street repairs have been limited to cold mix until asphalt plants begin producing the hot mix. City crews have been completing brush work around the city.

Fred Weck, zoning administrator, reported meeting with Fairview staff, architectural, and engineering firms about a 20,000-25,000 square-foot addition for medical offices.

The site plan must be reviewed by the planning commission and the council.

Other Business

In other business, the council:

•Authorized payment of recommended bills, payroll and journal entries for Feb. 8-21. The vote was unanimous.

•Approved minutes of the Feb. 8 meeting by unanimous vote.

•Learned of a pre-hearing conference on Feb. 22, with the Office of Administrative Hearings and Appeals, related to the Peterson Annexation.

•Learned that MNDOT is planning reconstruction of the park and ride lot on the southwest quadrant of I-35 and Viking Blvd. Temporary parking locations must be determined.

•Learned that final inspection for temporary certificate of occupancy for Peterson Companies was completed Feb. 10.