Tuesday, October 18, 2016

2016 Improvements

This has been a relatively quiet summer for large construction projects, but the City currently has two projects underway. The City has hired MR Paving to complete some water service improvements along TH 15 in advance of the 2017 rehabilitation of the road by MNDOT. This work involves reconnecting existing water services to a 12" watermain and abandoning an old 4" watermain that has exceeded its useful life. This work should improve the reliability of the service to the businesses along TH 15.

The City and the Fairmont Economic Development Authority (FEDA) are working on an exciting project on the south end of the community at the end of Prairie Avenue, near the Jeffrey Kot Soccer Complex. In partnership with the Fairmont Area School District, FEDA is developing the Whitetail Ridge subdivision to offer 20 new lots for sale in the City. More information on the available lots can be obtained from City Hall. The contractor, Holtmeier Construction, has completed a good portion of the site grading and is currently installing the main sewer and water lines. Here is a picture of the work from Hall Street as the contractor makes their way up the hill.

Monday, September 14, 2015

2015 Improvement Projects

The contractor began milling the existing pavement on Eltinge today and plans to mill on Webster Street on Tuesday. Underground utilities are nearly complete on Victoria and the contractor will turn their focus to finishing the underground utilities on 3rd Street in the coming weeks. The City parking lot on 2nd Street is ready for paving. The contractor is hoping to begin some of the paving later this week or early next week on the projects that are ready. Here is a photo of section of watermain being installed.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

2015 Improvement Projects

Construction has begun on all of the 2015 improvement projects. They are all at various phases in the process, but below is a listing of this year's projects and areas that drivers should use caution when traveling through.

Reconstruction - Third Street (Prairie to East dead end); Victoria (Albion to Park); Oxford (Victoria to Willow)
Resurfacing - Third Street (Sylvania Park to Lake Ave); Downtown parking lot A (Second street); Victoria (Park to Cambridge)
Overlay - Webster (TH 15 to Home); Eltinge (Interlaken to dead end)

The sealcoat project has been completed for 2015.

Also, please make sure you check out the City's website or follow on Twitter or Facebook to see other road closure or water shutoff notices.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Albion Avenue Reconstruction

Thanks to the early spring weather the contractor was able to get going on Albion in April. The concrete contractor finished the curb and gutter, driveways, and street patches. The asphalt patching has been completed and the landscape contractor finished the sod last week. The majority of traffic control was removed on Friday, May 8th with traffic now using the full road width. We are anticipating the pavement marking subcontractor to be onsite this week to complete the striping.

Woodland Channel Construction

The new channel was opened for boat traffic on April 24th. Here are some photos of the completed project and Mayor Randy Quiring on one of the first boats using the new channel.

Woodland Channel Construction

Construction of the new navigation channel under Woodland Avenue is progressing. The contractor has the coffer dam installed and is dewatering to keep the excavation as dry as possible. Below are some pictures of the ongoing excavation. One shows a bulldozer moving material underneath the existing bridge. Within the next week or two the contractor is planning to begin setting the 3-sided box culvert which will begin to define the new navigation channel. The project is anticipated to be open to boat traffic ahead of the fishing opener in May.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Woodland Channel Construction

Construction has begun on the woodland channel project. This project will upgrade and re-align the navigation channel under Bird’s Bridge on Woodland Avenue. Traffic control is set up to maintain two-way traffic through the project with reduced lane widths. Please use caution when travelling through the construction zone. The project is anticipated to be open to boat traffic this spring and fully completed by mid-summer. Please contact with any questions.