Flowerfield Road to see culvert update

The Blaine City Council Aug. 7 approved a couple of public works repair projects.

City Engineer Jean Keely said Flowerfield Road at the bottom of hill east of Lexington Avenue has had problems with erosion. She said the runoff from the road has eroded a steep slope on the north side of a road directly over a culvert, which has failed due to corrosion of its metal surface.

The Blaine City Council approved a $27,733 contract with C.W. Houle Inc. to replace an old metal culvert with a longer concrete culvert to fix an erosion problem on a section of Flowerfield Road east of Lexington Avenue. Submitted photo

The Blaine City Council approved a $27,733 contract with C.W. Houle Inc. to replace an old metal culvert with a longer concrete culvert to fix an erosion problem on a section of Flowerfield Road east of Lexington Avenue. Submitted photo

It got to the point that the public works department said β€œit was beyond their ability to maintain it,” Keely said.

To alleviate this, the council Aug. 7 approved a $27,733 contract with Shoreview-based C.W. Houle Inc. to install a longer concrete culvert under Flowerfield Road. While more expensive, a concrete culvert will last longer than a metal culvert. The longer culvert will reduce the slopes on the edge of the road.

This road has already been partially closed due to the Weston Woods Townhomes on Rice Creek development at the former KateHaven Golf Course being constructed by Mark of Excellence Homes Inc. C.W. Houle is the company working on this road project and will be repaving it.

In the meantime, the council is also considering whether Flowerfield Road should be designed to be an urban road segment as opposed to a rural road. The council was set to discuss this at its Aug. 21 workshop meeting.

Upgrading the road would require soil corrections to widen the road. Public Services Manager Robert Therres said there is no survey or soil boring information at this point. He said Tom Lundgren, one of the five adjacent property owners, asked that the city consider upgrading Flowerfield Road to an urban road.

Tom and his wife, Melanie Lundgren, are the former KateHaven Golf Course owners, but they still have a home off Flowerfield Road.

Lundgren is not the only one who has raised concerns about Flowerfield Road. At a Jan. 14 public hearing at the Blaine Planning Commission meeting, Circle Pines residents Tom Brown and Laura Currier also complained about the condition of the road.

Territorial Park tennis courts

Surface Pro, an Anoka company, bid $13,935 to resurface two tennis courts at Territorial Park. The council approved this contract Aug. 7.

Therres said the city sets aside money in its capital improvement plan to cover these types of maintenance projects. No reconstruction is necessary, he said.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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