Street improvements needed soon in St. Francis

Two sections of St. Francis streets are in serious need of improvement. City Engineer Jared Voge is recommending that the work be completed soon before costs associated with the projects rise further.

Voge presented feasibility reports on the proposed improvements to the St. Francis City Council July 1.

The first of the two projects involves 239th Avenue NW and Bittersweet Street, where the pavement is degraded and cracked. Voge said it is proposed that the section’s bituminous pavement be “reclaimed,” meaning that it would be ground up and left in place to provide a stronger base for new pavement on top. The project cost is estimated at $440,777, of which $176,311, or 40 percent, could be assessed to benefiting properties. The cost per foot of frontage would be approximately $58.30.

The second project includes Kerry Street NW, 232nd Lane NW, and Ivywood Street south of 233rd Lane NW, which are developing potholes and cracks. This pavement would also be reclaimed. The cost for this project is estimated at $210,748, of which $84,299 could be assessed to benefiting properties. The cost per foot of frontage on this project would be $20.61.

These projects are not included in the city’s 2013 budget. City Administrator Matt Hylen said the council will discuss funding options in a budget workshop immediately following the next regular meeting July 15.

An informational open house and public hearing would be held before the projects are approved.

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