Rogers sewer extension, street improvement get green light

By Sue Webber
Contributing Writer

In conjunction with the construction of Lennar’s Laurel Creek residential development in southeast Rogers, the Rogers City Council Aug. 22 authorized the preparation of plans and specifications for a sanitary sewer extension and street improvements for Justen Circle/Linden Avenue.

The watermain will be extended from the southwest corner of the intersection of Highway 81 and Highway 13, according to City Engineer Bret Weiss.

The project will allow for the extension of watermain to the Laurel Creek project south of Interstate 94, he said. The project also will extend sanitary sewer to the properties.

As for the street improvements, Weiss said in a memo to the Rogers City Council that “Justen Circle is considered one of the most distressed streets within the city.”

In addition, Weiss said city staff is working with property owners to plan for an extension of Justen Circle to the south to connect to Territorial Road. “This will become the primary access for the businesses in the area,” he said.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $1.7 million, Weiss said. He added that the city will use money from seven different funds for the project. “We are utilizing every tool in our toolbox to make this project happen,” he said.

The money will come from Lennar, assessment agreements, pavement management funds, and Hennepin County, as well as watermain and sanitary sewer trunk funds, Weiss said.

Construction will begin in October and will be completed in two phases, with the utilities and gravel roadway slated for 2017 and the pavement and final completion scheduled for 2018.

NE HASSAN STREET IMPROVEMENTS

The council also approved the addition of $55,316 in improvements to Maidstone Way, as part of the NE Hassan street improvement project.

The bid for the NE Hassan street improvement project awarded to Park Construction Co. in June came in at $56,000 below the engineer’s estimate, Weiss said.

“Throughout the past several months, Public Works has been experiencing an increase in maintenance on Maidstone Way, which is located south of 147th and west of Brockton Lane,” Weiss said.

“Maidstone Way is currently experiencing a rapidly deteriorating pavement section.”

He said favorable bid prices from the NE Hassan project have created a good opportunity to make improvements to this segment of roadway part of the project.

A garbage truck got stuck on the cul-de-sac earlier this year, according to Weiss.