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 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.
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.
The following streets have been selected for improvements in 2021:
Suzanne Avenue – Rice Street to County Road F
Martin Way – Rice Street to Suzanne Avenue
Southwood Drive – Rice Street to Suzanne Avenue
Suzanne Court – Suzanne Avenue to south cul-de-sac
The review of these potential improvements begins with the preparation of a Feasibility Study. The City will be working with our engineer, S.E.H., to prepare this study. We anticipate that the work will include removal and replacement of the existing blacktop surface and isolated curb repair on all streets. No changes are proposed to the width of the streets. We will review our own public utilities (storm sewer, sanitary sewer and water main) for potential improvements, and also give private utilities (gas, electric, and cable) an opportunity to make their improvements at the same time.
The Feasibility Study will determine the necessity and cost effectiveness of the proposed improvements as well as estimated project costs. City staff will also need to review the projected cost and compare it to the City’s 2021 Budgeted amount for the City’s share of the project costs. We will notify you following preparation of this document and invite you to another informational meeting to discuss the results. We anticipate that the informational meeting will be held sometime in winter 2020/2021, so please watch for further mailings from the City.
If you have any questions about the 2021 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.