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Library Sculpture

Check out the new sculpture by the Library.  The artist is Hans Gilsdorf.  The piece’s temporary name is “Child with Book”.    At the moment, it weighs about 16 tons, but will weigh more when it’s complete.  It will have a dark bronze finish when it is complete, and is meant to be interactive, so the people can sit on it and read or have their picture taken.

 

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Washington Ave Update 8/3/15

Progress continues in Section B (Willow to Frazee) of the Washington Avenue project.  It’s safe to say we are over the hump and just about fully completed with the work.  The contractors have continued to address some of the minor clean-up items in the downtown area and should have most of that work complete in the next week or so.  The following is a summary of progress and anticipated work in Section B:

  • The concrete subcontractor spent last week finishing the remaining sidewalks, driveways, and pavement.  All concrete work is now complete and cured.  All driveways and sidewalks are cured enough handle vehicle traffic.  Everyone is free to access their property with vehicles.  The only exception is those driveways that have a drop off behind the sidewalk and require an asphalt patch (which will be completed tomorrow).
  • The landscaping subcontractor (HDQ) has been onsite since last week working on installing the boulevard irrigation and preparing the boulevards for turf restoration.  As of today the irrigation is complete on the west side of the road.  Also, the first load of sod was delivered and the crew is in the process of sodding the west side of the road.  The west side of the road, with the exception of trees will be completed by tomorrow morning sometime.
  • HDQ will start working on the irrigation on the east side of the road and preparing boulevards for turf tomorrow.  We are tentatively planning to place the topsoil on the eastside tomorrow.  Work will continue this week on the east side of the road depending on the level of traffic resulting from the annual We-Fest influx.  Whatever is not completed this work will be completed next week.
  • The paving subcontractor will be onsite Tuesday morning to complete the remaining driveway pavement.
  • City electric crews have finished installing all of the lighting on the project.  All lights should be operational tonight.
  • The signing subcontractor was on site today to finish installing the remaining signs on the project.
  • The striping was onsite today making preparations for the pavement markings.  This work will be completed this evening and tomorrow morning when traffic is light.
  • Crews will work on cleaning the project site tomorrow afternoon in preparation for opening the road to general traffic.  We have scheduled to open the road by Wednesday morning.  At this point we will remove the detour and most of the traffic control barricades and the road will be open to all traffic.  We will leave a line of cones/barrels on the east 1/3 of the roadway to allow the landscaping operations to continue under traffic.  Accordingly there will be no parking on the east side of the road until this work is complete (sometime next week).

A couple of notes on the new sod:

  • Irrigation has been installed throughout the project so there is no need for you to help water the new sod. Irrigation will initially be set to water the boulevard area and the outer portion of your front yard.  Sometime next spring the irrigation system will be adjusted to water only the boulevard area.
  • Please do not mow the new sod for at least 3 weeks.  It will be a bit long but it needs to be left undisturbed while initially rooting it.  Once you start mowing please raise your mower decks to approximately  2-inches higher than normal and gradually lower your mower height over the next couple of mowing. It is also a good idea to bag it the first time if you have the ability to.
  • The City/County street department uses salt during the winter which can settle onto the sod and harm it.  Watering the sod early in the spring will help rinse and dilute any salt that has accumulated in the sod.
  • Pets:  Spots will develop on the sod from pet urination. Lightly water these areas to dilute the effects of the urine.
  • If your sod starts to turn brown, make sure to water it.  Brown areas can be restored if not left dry for an extended period.
  • After acceptance of the sod by the City we cannot replace dead or damaged sod.  If you feel that that your sod is not acceptable, please notify us prior to September 1, 2015.  Your assistance with the new sod will help ensure you have a healthy new front yard.

Once again I want to thank all of you for your cooperation and understanding during this work.  I know it has been less the convenient but the improvement was needed and has turned out very well.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks!

 

Jon Pratt, PE
Civil Engineer
Apex Engineering Group
265 Highway 10 West – Suite 4
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56501
Office:  218-844-2580
Direct:  218-844-2582
Cell:       218-841-1282
Email:   jon.pratt@ApexEngGroup.com

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Washington Ave Update 7/27/15

The project is quickly approaching completion and things should be back to normal very soon.  We had a little bit of a slow-down in progress last week but made good advances this week.  The following is summary of the progress and upcoming work:

Downtown:

  • Crews are still working on some of the minor clean-up items and are slowly getting through the list.
  • Some of the signage was installed this week.  More will be installed within the next week or so.

Frazee Street Intersection:

  • Crews have spent the last week and a half working on the various concrete pours for curb, pavement, and sidewalk.  The remaining concrete sidewalk will be place today.
  • The paving subcontractor (Anderson Brothers) is currently on site to construct the asphalt pavement on Frazee Street.
  • Crews will work on cleaning the intersection in preparation for traffic this afternoon.  We plan to open the east, west, and north legs of the intersection by late today. Local traffic will also be allowed south to Becker Pet and Garden.  Note: Through traffic will not be allowed south of the intersection yet.

Section B (Frazee to Willow):

  • The concrete subcontractor has been working on curb, sidewalk and driveways for the last week and a half.
  • Most the sidewalk and driveways have been placed on the west side of the street.  Some of the sidewalk is complete on the west side on the north end.  Crews will continue to work on sidewalk and driveways over the next several days.  All concrete work (sidewalks, driveways, and pavement will be completed by the middle part of next week.
  • Please do not drive across any driveways or concrete will cones, barrels, or ribbon around them.  They are not cured and will be damaged.  Crews will pull the ribbon off driveways that can be driven when the concrete is cured enough for traffic. 
  • Local traffic will be allowed access from the north end of the street (by Becker Pet and Garden) starting later this afternoon.  No access will be provided from the south at Willow Street until the project is completed.  Again, this is for LOCAL traffic only.  There is still active construction on the street and we need to keep traffic to a minimum for the safety of the construction crews and to protect improvements.
  • The Landscaping subcontractor (HDQ) is onsite and starting to work on the boulevard irrigation system.  They will begin placing topsoil, sod, and trees next week.
  • City electric crews will begin installing street lighting later today or next week.
  • The current goal is to open this portion of the street to traffic late next week or the early part of the following.

 In another week or so all major work will be completed.  I know everyone is anxious to have things back to normal and I appreciate your understanding during this work.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Enjoy the weekend!!

 

Jon Pratt, PE
City Engineer
Apex Engineering Group
1265 Highway 10 West – Suite 4
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56501
Office:  218-844-2580
Direct:  218-844-2582
Cell:       218-841-1282
Email:   jon.pratt@ApexEngGroup.com

 

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Washington Ave Update 7/10

We hit another couple of big milestones this week and are quickly closing in the on the completion of the project.  I realize the access in Section B of the project is tough right now but it should be better by the end of next week.  The following are some highlights from the week and a look at work next week.

Section A: (Downtown)

  • City electric crews installed the remaining lighting in the downtown this morning.  Crews started at 5:00 am to ensure traffic and parking were not impacted!  The lights will be operational by this evening.

Section A.3 (Frazee Intersection):

  • We changed the game plan on this section of work earlier this week.  Crews decided to hold off on work here this week and keep the intersection open until they can focus on this area.  This will ultimately reduce the time the intersection is closed to traffic.
  • Curb Masters will start pouring some of the curb in the intersection this afternoon, while open to traffic.
  • Starting Monday the intersection will be closed to traffic so Curb Masters can start work on the concrete paving, remaining cub, and sidewalk.
  • I anticipate that we will have the intersection reopened by the following week.

Section B (Frazee to Willow):

  • Crews spent the first part of the week preparing the aggregate base and getting ready for the concrete paving on the west side of the street.  They completed the paving on Thursday.  The concrete that was poured on Thursday is still fresh and cannot handle the weight of traffic yet.  PLEASE stay off this pavement until next week.  You can walk across it though.
  • In order to ensure that traffic does not prematurely drive on the new pavement we will be blocking off the entire section of Washington Avenue (Frazee to Willow) over the weekend.  By next week we will open it to local traffic to improve your access.
  • The contractor is completing the curb on the east side of the street today.
  • Next week the crew is planning to construct the curb on the west side (Monday or Tuesday depending on how fast the new pavement cures).
  • They will also be working on driveways and sidewalks.
  • By the end of the week a good portion of the remaining concrete work will be complete.

Thanks again for your patients.  We are almost there.  Please give me a call with any questions or concerns.

Jon Pratt, PE

City Engineer

Apex Engineering Group

1265 Highway 10 West – Suite 4

Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56501

 

Office:  218-844-2580

Direct:  218-844-2582

Cell:       218-841-1282

Email:   jon.pratt@ApexEngGroup.com

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Washington Ave Update 6/29/15

Last week the project hit a big milestone with the opening of Section A (Downtown) on Thursday morning.  This was two weeks ahead of the contractor’s deadline!  While there are still some clean-up items to address, the work in this section is substantially complete.  Additional progress was also made in Section B with the completion of all of the underground work.  Below is an update on all sections of the project:

Section A (Downtown):

  • Crews finished some of the remaining minor work last week and spend some time cleaning the area up.  All buildings were power washed and the windows were cleaned.
  • The street was opened to traffic on Thursday morning from TH 10 to the north side of Frazee Street.  The 900 block is closed to through traffic due to work at the Frazee intersection
  • We are waiting for the remaining street lights to be shipped.  Once received (this week or next) the City electric crews will get them installed.  This work will be done in the early morning hours and some no parking will be posted to facilitate the work.
  • Some of the remaining items include: lighting, stripping, signage, and misc. punchlist work.

Section B (Frazee to Willow):

  • Crews spent most of last week installing electrical and irrigation conduits on both sides of the road.  They completed this on Friday which marked the end of all excavation in this section of work.
  • Sellin finished subgrade preparation and Hough began placing the aggregate base material on Friday and Saturday.
  • The early part of this week will be spent finishing the placement of aggregate base and preparing for the construction of the mainline concrete pavement.
  • We are currently planning on constructing the northbound (east half of the road) pavement on Thursday.  This is going to be a little bit of a push but we are shooting for it at this point.  This would allow the pavement to cure over the holiday weekend and allow us to complete the other half early next week.
  • Access will be difficult as pavement is placed until it has adequately cured.   It likely will take 3 or 4 days for the pavement to cure.  During which time access to your property may not be possible.  We will get everyone more details as we get closer to this point.

Section A.3 (Frazee intersection):

  • Sellin finished the remaining sewer, watermain, and storm sewer late last week.  This was the last of the underground work on the entire project!!
  • Crews will work on subgrade preparation and placement of aggregate base this week.
  • Some of the concrete curb and sidewalks MAY get constructed later this week.  This is tentative at this point.
  • We will be holding off on the concrete pavement in this intersection until after the July 4th
  • The intersection will be temporarily reopened to traffic (with a gravel surface) for the holiday weekend.
  • Pavement construction will start next week.

A few more weeks and I think things will be getting very close to done.  If you have any questions or complaints please let myself or other project staff know.  Thanks for your continued patients and understanding.

Jon Pratt, PE
City Engineer

Apex Engineering Group
1265 Highway 10 West – Suite 4
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56501
office:  218-844-2580
Direct:  218-844-2582
Cell:       218-841-1282
Email:   jon.pratt@ApexEngGroup.com

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Washington Ave Update 6/22

Things are still progressing well and most of the activities are ahead of schedule.  Section A work (downtown) is wrapping up and should be complete later this week.  In Section B the underground work is nearly complete and street construction will begin later this week.  The following is a progress summary and a look ahead at this next week:

Section A (Downtown):

  • The concrete contractor (Curb Masters) finished all of the remaining pavement, curb, and sidewalk on Thursday. At this point we are waiting for some of the recent pours to cure before we open the road to traffic.
  • Crews also spent the last part of this week, including Saturday, completing the sealing of the concrete pavement joints.
  • Clean-up operations started this week and will continue through the early part of this week.  All buildings will be pressure washed to remove the 11 weeks’ worth of construction mess.  Also, the first floor windows of all buildings will be professionally cleaned.
  • The landscaping subcontractor (HDQ Landscaping) started installing the trees and installing the irrigation lines.  Most of this work will be completed by the early part of this week.
  • On Thursday evening we opened the Holmes street intersection to east/west traffic.  At same time, we closed the Frazee Street intersection to all traffic.
  • Temporary perpendicular parking was set up on Freeze Street in front of the library.  This will help provide some additional parking (2 hour limit) during the Frazee street intersection construction.
  • This week work will mostly include the completion of the final minor items.  Crews will finish the installation of the trees and irrigation by the middle of the week.  Pavement marking will be completed on Monday.
  • If all goes to plan the downtown area will be reopened to traffic later this week!!!
  • The last piece of the Section A work is the Frazee Street intersection.  The contractor started removals in the Frazee Street intersection on Friday and finished these on Saturday.  We realize the closure of this intersection is very inconvenient but crews will work diligently to get the work done and get the intersection reopened.
  • On Monday morning Sellin Brothers will begin the last of the underground utility work in the Frazee Street intersection.  This work, which includes sewer, watermain, and storm sewer, will be completed by the middle of the week.
  • If possible we may begin constructing some of the concrete curb and sidewalk in this intersection later this week or the early part of the following.
  • We will not be doing any concrete pavement work in this intersection until after the July 4th weekend/holiday.  There is not adequate time to construct the pavement and allow for curing prior to the busy July 4th The intersection will be temporarily reopened for the holiday weekend and then re-closed to allow for pavement construction.

Section B (Frazee to Willow):

  • Crews spent this last week finishing the sewer and water services and completing the storm sewer installation.  The storm sewer was completed on Friday afternoon.
  • On Friday/Saturday crews competed the removal of the remaining sidewalk and driveways.  Temporary walks (rubber matting) was installed in critical areas.  We realize the loss of the sidewalks makes access more difficult but they needed to be removed to facilitate the remaining work quickly.  For the moment everyone should still have vehicle access to their property.
  • The old watermain will be decommissioned on Monday.  Everyone is being served from the new watermain at this point.
  • The early part of this week will be spent trenching in the electrical and irrigation conduits.  This will be installed on both sides of the street.  The trench is fairly shallow and should move by your property relatively quick.
  • By the middle and end of the week crews will begin preparation of the subgrade for the street construction.  We will possibly start placing the aggregate base by the end of the week.
  • The plan is to start the first part of the concrete paving the following week (prior to the July 4th holiday).
  • With the closure of the Frazee Street intersection, all properties in Section B will need to access their property from the South (Willow Street).
  • Please remember there is temporary public parking available in the Holy Rosary parking lot during the remaining park of construction.  Please be respectful of neighboring businesses and do not use other’s parking lots unless you have permission.

It’s another big week of progress in both sections.  In a few more weeks things will be starting to get back to normal for most of you.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call me or other project staff with concerns or questions.  We will do our best to make accommodations.  I sincerely appreciate everyone’s continued patience while we make these important improvements.

Jon Pratt, PE

City Engineer

Apex Engineering Group

1265 Highway 10 West – Suite 4

Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56501

Office:  218-844-2580

Direct:  218-844-2582

Cell:       218-841-1282

Email:   jon.pratt@ApexEngGroup.com

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Washington Ave Update 6/15

Today marks the 10th week of construction since we started the project in late April. There has been a lot of work completed in the last ten weeks…but I am sure many of you are ready for it to be over. Section A (downtown) is nearing substantial completion. At this point it appears there is a chance the downtown will be completed ahead of schedule (as long as mother nature behaves herself). The is also plenty going on in Section B (Willow to Frazee). The following is a progress report and projected work for the upcoming week for both sections of the project:

Section A (Downtown):
• Last week was a montage of concrete paving, curb and gutter, intersection work, sidewalk, etc. It may seem like the contractor is aimlessly hopping from spot to spot, but there is a method to the madness. They are forced to move around to allow areas of concrete to cure before they can work on or near the new surfaces. Fortunately we had nice weather that helped the concrete to set rather quickly last week.
• All of the mainline paving and curb and gutter was completed by the middle of the week.
• Crews finished the Front Street intersection pavement, curb, and adjacent sidewalks. Accordingly we reopened the Front Street intersection (north/east/west legs) on Friday afternoon!! Traffic now has access to/from TH 10. I do not expect to close this again.
• Curb Masters (concrete contractor) also completed the sidewalk and most of the decorative ribbon on the west side of the 800 and 900 blocks. Business on that side are now enjoying real sidewalk and better access.
• Lighting was also installed on the west side of the street.
• This week will be more of the same. The crews will be initially focused on completing the sidewalk on the east side of the street starting Monday morning at 7:00 am. They will start at the north end (near Ace Hardware) and move towards the south through the day. As the 800 block is being poured, Sellin Brothers will be preparing the 900 block sidewalk subgrade. If all goes well they will also get a good portion of the 900 block sidewalk poured. Whatever remains will be completed on Tuesday.
• The concrete contractor will be working on all of the various remaining pours in the two block area throughout the week.
• Tree planting and irrigation work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday.
• The Holmes Street intersection may be ready to open to east/west traffic later this week. We will evaluate this possibility as the week goes on.
• It appears they will be very close to finished with most of the significant work by the end of this week…if the weather holds out for us. It looks like they is some rain in the forecast and this could slow progress later in the week.

Section B (Willow to Frazee):
• Last week Sellin Brothers spent most of the week working on the installation of sewer and water service laterals. They completed most of this work and only two remain which will be installed today.
• Crews also finished the removal of the remaining pavement and curb south of the dental office. This was removed to allow for the installation of dewatering equipment that will lower the groundwater table and allow for the installation of the storm sewer. It turns out that the ground water is low enough to allow for storm sewer installation without significant dewatering.
• The focus of this week will be the installation of the storm sewer. Crews will start installing storm sewer (near Willow) later today. This construction will move from the south to the north and should be complete later this week. This work will be the last of the major trenching and excavation.
• By the middle/end of the week, Sellin will begin rough grading the street subgrade behind the completion of the storm sewer.
• Next week crews will be placing aggregate base and starting the concrete pavement construction.
• At some point fairly soon we will need to remove the sidewalks that we have left in place to provide pedestrian access. We are evaluating if we need to do this prior to the street construction or if we can wait until after the street pavement is complete. We will provide more information on this in the coming days.

As the underground work wraps up we are evaluating the timing for the Final piece of the project, the Frazee Street intersection. Once Holmes Street is open to traffic we will then be closing the Frazee Street intersection to start the last of the sewer and watermain replacement. I am working with the Contractor to evaluate the prosecution of this work and will provide additional information later this week.

Please feel free to contact me or other project staff with any questions. Enjoy the week.

Jon Pratt, PE
Civil Engineer

Apex Engineering Group
1265 Highway 10 West – Suite 4
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56501

Office: 218-844-2580
Direct: 218-844-2582
Cell: 218-841-1282
Email: jon.pratt@ApexEngGroup.com

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