How are Hanover’s roads?

Pavement management plan to assess street conditionsHanover

Two items on the recent Hanover City Council work session had to do with roads.

The council continued discussion about a possible Pheasant Run neighborhood road and/or sewer construction project, and authorized staff to do a pavement management plan for all city streets.

The council first heard an update regarding the Pheasant Run resident survey. The city sent out a second survey after initially getting a limited response.

Several Pheasant Run residents were present at the meeting, and there was brief discussion about the possibility of obtaining grant funding for the sewer portion of the project. Wright County Economic Development’s Heidi Peper was prsent to explain the program and timing of it, and criteria to qualify.

“It sounds highly competitive,” city clerk/assistant administrator Annita Smythe later said.

She said the council is interested in getting more information and getting survey responses for a better cross section of residents.

“The initial survey didn’t get enough options to consider, so this one was more detailed with options about road reconstruction and sewer,” Smythe said. “Which part of the project do residents perfer to see? The survey will break it down more.”

Smythe said the city is confident it would have a majority of responses in the next couple weeks, with more discussion Aug. 6.

The council also heard from an engineering consultant regarding a pavement management plan.
“The city council approved doing a plan to assess the road and pavement situation and get a feel for where we’re at,” Smythe said. “We’re looking at capital improvement planning.”

The plan includes a rating of roads in the city. For example, 42.7 percent of roads (8.17 miles) were in the excellent category; 25.2 percent (4.83 miles) were in the good category; 15.5 percent (2.96 miles) were in the fair category; and 16 percent (3.16 miles) were in the poor category.

Looking ahead, the pavement data will include roadway section data (such as construction dates, maintenance history and pavement thickness), traffic volumes, urban vs. rural roads, curb and gutter condition, trails/sidewalks and functional classification.

“This plan will tell whether we’re on the right track or not and give more of a plan for the future,” Smythe said.

 

SOLAR PROJECT

In other news, the council continued discussion regarding a solar energy project proposal for city hall and the fire hall.

Nick Nelson of All Energy Solar was present. The council’s consensus was that it is hesitant to approve the project because the company and project are new without a lot of track record. A second concern was a long repayment period versus the costs; for example expending money now to pay for the project but realizing energy costs savings in the long run.

“At this time the council is going to hold off and revisit it in a year or two when we can see how other cities are doing,” assistant administrator Smythe said. “The council wants more data.”

In other action, the council:

HEARD that the planning commission is still interested in reconstructing the Hennepin County Roads 19/117 intersection into a roundabout (circular one-way intersection). It was reported that Hennepin County had considered a roundabout for the intersection, which it didn’t think was feasible. The council said it’s up to the county.

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