Work will begin on Phase I of CSAH 17 project in downtown Lake Elmo

The Washington County Board of Commissioners accepted a bid June 23 from North Pine Aggregate, Inc., for Phase I of the County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 17 project in the Old Village of Lake Elmo.

The contract is for $4.4 million. The board also approved a cost-share agreement with the city for the project.

Washington County is working with the City of Lake Elmo to improve and replace aged infrastructure in downtown Lake Elmo. Replacement of city utilities, construction of regional stormwater improvements, reconstruction of roadways and sidewalks, landscaping, and enhancing pedestrian facilities are all components of the project. 

The county is leading this project, including work on city streets and utilities. The City of Lake Elmo is responsible for all city costs, which will be for 30th Street, Upper 33rd Street, 36th Street, and Laverne Avenue, 55 percent of the costs of redoing CSAH 17, and 50 percent of the costs of the regional drainage pond.

The project will install sanitary sewer and reconstruct the watermain in the Old Village area. It will also bury the powerlines in the area. The project will address poor pavement conditions, inconsistent sidewalks in the downtown area, confusing roadway signs, and poor drainage from improperly placed drains or failing drain pipes.

To minimize traffic disruptions and manage access to businesses, the project will have two phases. Phase 1 will be constructed in 2015 and includes work on Laverne Avenue, 36th Street North, Upper 33rd Street North, and the regional drainage system. It is expected that construction will be done July through December.

Phase 2 is scheduled for bidding and construction in 2016, and will include work on CSAH 17 and 30th Street.


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