A portion of Naples Street in Ham Lake has returned to an agricultural road designation.
City crews have removed the prior milling placement from Naples Street, from 151st Avenue to Constance Boulevard, and turned the street back to gravel.
The change comes after the Ham Lake City Council affirmed a recommendation from the road committee to turn that portion of Naples Street back into an agricultural road.
According to City Engineer Tom Collins of RFC Engineering, Inc., the street has deteriorated to a condition that is no longer cost effective to maintain.
“It’s terrible,” Collins told the council April 15.
Since 1999, public works staff has twice placed bituminous milling, completed spot bituminous overlays and made pothole repairs. These have fixed the road’s problems temporarily.
According to Collins, soils correction to remove the underlying peat soils is necessary to properly construct the road.
“It’s never been properly constructed,” said Councilmember Gary Kirkeide. “It’s an ag road.”
By turning the road back into gravel, Collins said it will be easier for the public works department to maintain.
“Right now I think this is the best we can do for this road,” Collins said.
“It’s going to hold up a lot better with the big trucks that go on there,” said Public Works Superintendent Tom Reiner.
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