Annual street reconstruction plans approved by Oakdale City Council

Road improvement plans along Helmo Avenue, east of I-694 and north of 15th Street were approved by the Oakdale City Council. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Road improvement plans along Helmo Avenue, east of I-694 and north of 15th Street were approved by the Oakdale City Council. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
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If all goes as planned, by the end of this summer residents in a Helmo Avenue neighborhood north of 15th Street will be driving on smooth, new roads.

The Oakdale City Council unanimously approved a plan Tuesday, Jan 26, to reconstruct the streets in the residential area east and west of Helmo Avenue, east of Interstate 694 and north of 15th Street, as well as the Helena Cove area north of Stillwater Boulevard and south of the railroad tracks. 

The reconstruction is part of an annual program the city has in place to improve approximately three to four miles of roadway each year. This year the length of roadway being reconstructed will total 2.85 miles.

The estimated cost of the project is currently set at $3,031,000. The city will finance 65 percent of the total project cost, and property owners in the neighborhood will be assessed the remaining amount.

Maintenance costs for these roads have increased greatly over the last three years, city engineer Brian Bachmeier told the council members. 

He added that it had become apparent to public works crews that patching was no longer an efficient means of repairing the streets. The crumbling roads in the Helmo Avenue and Helena Cove area were becoming safety hazards as well. 

Due to the deteriorating conditions, the streets will have restricted load limits this spring. Many service vehicles, such as heavy delivery trucks or garbage trucks, will therefore have restricted access to the neighborhood. Improving the roadways in this area will eliminate these service barriers, Bachmeier said.

Plans are also being made to replace the streetlights. The current lighting system is  outdated, Bachmeier said, adding that the city has upgraded its lighting standards since the lights were originally installed.

Improvements are set to start in May, depending on the weather, and expected to be completed by the end of August or beginning of September.

Elizabeth Jaeger can be reached at ejaeger@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7814.

 

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