The 1.7-mile resurfacing project for Minnetonka Boulevard in Deephaven is set to begin Monday, July 22.
The extensive road project is estimated to last the remainder of the summer.
According to Dana Young, city administrator and clerk/treasurer, the Deephaven City Council hopes to see the project completed before the beginning of the school year. The council discussed the project at the July 1 regular meeting.
“This project has been a number of years in the making,” Young said. “We want to keep the project moving along as quickly as possible. The project specifications call for the contractor to be done by Aug. 31.”
The council took steps to keep the process moving along quickly by establishing a construction committee to work with the contractor regularly. The committee would expect to meet every Tuesday with the contractor for project updates. The committee includes Mayor Paul Skrede, Councilmembers Steve Erickson and Kent Carlson and city staff members, depending on availability.
“It was created to keep the project moving,” Young said. “So, decisions can be made in a more timely manner, instead of just at our bi-monthly city council meetings. The meetings may not be every week and they can even be just quick updates.”
Another step the council took was to authorize work from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
The project will be a deep milling of the road and will include replacement of the underground piping and an addition of a new storm sewer. The project is a significant one and will be done in three phases. The first phase starts at the north near Chowen Corner and the Minnetonka border. The second phase will be from Highland Avenue to Park Avenue. Lastly, the third phase will be from Park Avenue to the Vine Hill Road bridge.
Delays are to be expected as Minnetonka Boulevard through Deephaven sees a lot of traffic. Young says it is construction season and Deephaven is not immune to that.
“Minnetonka Boulevard is the main artery for getting into Deephaven, so expect delays,” Young said. “This is the big one and the road is going to be closed except for local traffic only.”
Young believes the project is in good hands with Bituminous Roadways, Inc. of Mendota Heights, and city leaders are hoping for the best when it comes to the weather.
“We have a very good contractor,” Young said. “We are hoping for good weather and we are eager to get the project over and done with.”
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