Construction (Streets)

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2019 Street Rehabilitation

Improvement Project 19-1, 2019 Street Rehabilitation includes Continental Drive, 7th Street SW, Riviera Drive, Riviera Court, McCallum Drive, 15th Avenue SW (between Foss Road and cul‐de‐sac), Cord Circle, Rolls Road, Benz Road, Imperial Lane, 9th Avenue SW (between Foss Road and cul‐de‐sac), 5th Street SW (between 9th Avenue SW and 10th Avenue SW), 10th Avenue SW, 6th Street SW, Sunset Lane, and a private drive located south of 6th Street SW.

The need to rehabilitate these streets is identified in the City’s Capital Improvement Plan for rehabilitation in 2019.

The project includes the following proposed improvements:

  • Pavement and base material removal and replacement
  • Watermain, water service, and hydrant replacement
  • Catch basin replacement and storm sewer enhancements
  • Sanitary sewer spot repairs
  • Curb and gutter removal and replacement
  • Gas main and gas service upgrades (Xcel)

All construction activities of this proposed project will be done under a publicly bid contract by a private contractor. The Department of Community Assets and Development will administer the contract and provide the engineering services except for the preliminary soil engineering and material testing.

Project Update (Sept. 13, 2019)
Project Update (Sept. 9, 2019)
Project Update (Aug 30, 2019)
Project Update (Aug 23, 2019)
Project Update (Aug 16, 2019)
Project Update (Aug 9, 2019)
Project Update (July 19, 2019).pdf
Project Update (July 15, 2019).pdf
Project Update (June 2019).pdf
2019 Reconstruction Map.pdf
Additional Project Info & Details From The Info Meeting.pdf
2019 Project Feasibility Study.pdf

2018 Street Rehabilitation

Improvement Project 18-1, 2018 Street Rehabilitation includes Service Dr, Thorndale Ave, Robin Ln, Robin Ct, Highview Dr, Pike Lake Dr, 12th St NW & 13th St NW.

The need to rehabilitate these streets is identified in the City’s Capital Improvement Plan for rehabilitation in 2018.

The project includes the following proposed improvements:

  • Streets to be constructed to their original width.
  • Remove and replace bituminous pavement.
  • Replace broken or settled curb.
  • Install and replace various storm sewers and catch basins.
  • Replace various watermains, water services and hydrants.
  • Replace gas mains and gas services.

All construction activities of this proposed improvement project will be done under a publicly bid contract by a private contractor. The City Engineering Department will administer the contract and provide the engineering services except for the preliminary soil engineering and material testing.

2018 Reconstruction Map.pdf
Project Feasibility Study.pdf
Additional Project Info & Details From The Info Meeting 2018.pdf

Street Rehabilitation

The City of New Brighton has jurisdiction over about 70 miles of streets.  The majority of New Brighton’s streets were constructed during the period from about 1955 to about 1970 when New Brighton experienced its’ peak growth.  The practical life of the street surfacing on the New Brighton streets has been found to be about 25 to 30 years.  At this point, maintenance and repair is no longer adequate to sustain the street surfacing in an acceptable condition and street rehabilitation, consisting of the replacement of the street base and bituminous surfacing, and concrete curb repair is needed.  The City of New Brighton began a street rehabilitation program in the early 1980s. Based on the practical street surface life of 25 to 30 years, the rehabilitation programs needs to be funded at a rate of about 2.3 miles per year, (70 total miles/30 year life = 2.3 miles per year).

For practical reasons streets rehabilitation is done on a neighborhood area basis with the actual annual mileage dependent upon the size of the neighborhood. Street rehabilitation should be seen as an on-going program for practical, financial and management purposes.  Good streets equate to attractive, viable neighborhoods.  Experience shows that a substantial amount of property reinvestment, such as new roofing, siding, driveways, etc. follows neighborhood street rehabilitation projects. Past and future programmed street rehabilitations are shown on the attached City map.

Six months or more prior to the rehabilitation of the streets in a neighborhood area the City staff holds one or more public meetings with property owners to discuss the proposed street rehabilitation project procedures, details, costs, and schedule. The meetings are beneficial to the City staff to learn about problem and concerns that may be correctable under the street rehabilitation, as well as to inform residents and build support for the project. The public meetings are normally well attended and most property owners want the project in spite of the costs and construction inconveniences.

The City’s long standing policy is to special assess 25 percent of the street rehabilitation cost.

As part of the rehabilitation of the streets in a neighborhood area, the City conducts a television inspection of all sanitary sewer mains and reviews all storm sewer and watermain records to find existing utility system problems and deficiencies so they can be repaired prior to the street rehabilitation. This include: repairing broken sanitary sewer tile, lowering or insulating water service lines that have a history of freezing, working with residents that may need to replace private sewer service lines, adding water system gate valves where needed and upsizing and upgrading storm water facilities. The City also works with the private utility companies, such as gas, electric, telephone, and cable television, to insure all utilities and facilities in the roadway, particularly under the road surfacing, are in top condition.

Financing Street Rehabilitation Projects

Street Surfacing is paid for by a combination of a city wide tax, and special assessments against benefiting property owners in the project area.  According to the New Brighton Comprehensive Street Plan, 25% of the street surfacing and curb and gutter repair costs are to be paid for by special assessments.  Utility system repairs are paid from the appropriate sanitary sewer, watermain or stormwater utility fund.

The City seeks permanent financing for street rehabilitation projects through the sale of General Obligation Improvement Bonds.  The City needs to add 1.5 percent to the interest paid on the bonds for the assessment collections to cover the bond payments.  Generally, the special assessments collection period is spread over a 10 years, which coincides with the bond payments.

The special assessment amount is typically around $2,000 per lot, which property owners can pre pay or collected over a period of time with their property taxes.  Special assessments when they are collected with real estate taxes are repaid over a period of ten years with moderate interest charges.

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