2019 Residential Street Improvement Projects
About the Project
The City of Vadnais Heights annually performs a street improvement project to maintain the city's infrastructure. Streets are selected based on a number of factors, including pavement conditions, years of service, traffic volumes, maintenance costs and available finances. We certainly strive to construct these improvements in a timely fashion to minimize the cost to both the abutting property owners and general taxpayers and disruption to any particular neighborhood.
The 2019 Street Improvement project is addressing five of the worst street segments in the City, at an approximate cost of $600,000. The cost of this project is split, approximately 50/50, between the City and the benefiting property owners via special assessments. Typical assessments range between $3,000 and $5,000 per property and are often repaid over an 8-year payment period.
The selection process for individual streets was based primarily on pavement condition, age, and location. The street segments listed below are planned for reconstruction this season:
- Willow Grove Lane - Morningside Avenue to Greenhaven Drive South
- Rosebriar Avenue - Greenhaven Drive to Willow Grove Lane
- Springhill Road - Greenhaven Drive South to Rosebriar Avenue
- Krey Avenue - Oak Creek Drive South to 300 feet north
- Oak Creek Terrace - Oak Creek Drive South to Oak Creek Drive South
These types of projects also allow the City to undertake utility repairs – such as new hydrants, gate valves and watermain fittings. Private utilities - such as gas, electric and communications - also use these projects as an opportunity to evaluate and if necessary, improve their infrastructure at the same time.
Council Process and Future Streets
Residents along these streets have been notified by mail about possible improvements. Neighborhood field meetings were conducted on October 4 and 5, 2018. A Feasibility Study (PDF) to determine the estimated project costs and individual assessments has been prepared and is linked. An Open House at City Hall is was held from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on Thursday, January 10, 2019, and a Public Hearing took place at the January 22 City Council meeting. At the March 5 Council Meeting, City Council approved the project and authorized the advertisement of bids.
A public hearing will be held Tuesday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall regarding the street improvement program for 2019 and construction on Buerkle Road.
The City has also identified potential locations for street improvement projects for future years. Going further, we plan to undertake a comprehensive evaluation of pavement conditions throughout the City, and use that information to properly plan for a sustainable pavement management strategy.
If you have any questions about the 2019 Street Improvement Project or any other public works matters, please contact City Engineer Jesse Farrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 651-204-6050.