City gears up for busy construction seasonSuperior’s Public Works Department has its work cut out for it this construction season.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
Superior’s Public Works Department has its work cut out for it this construction season.
From streets to sewers to city parks, and a new animal shelter, the city has a variety of projects planned to address city infrastructure this year.
And it’s more than the Tower Avenue project.
Projects planned this year include sidewalk, road, sewer, alley and traffic signal projects. The list includes repair projects related to last year’s flooding.
According to the city’s Public Works Department, city staff will be working on various stages of about 47 projects this year, from developing design plan, bidding and construction. Construction is expected to be complete on all but a dozen of them, including the North Tower Avenue reconstruction project.
Costs for the projects are more than $32.9 million, with significant portions of some projects being paid by federal and state funding.
This year the city plans to complete sidewalks for the safe routes to school projects, mill and pave city streets, reconstruction some roads and work on additional repairs necessitated by flooding last year.
Central Avenue from John to Hughitt avenues will be reconstructed.
Bids have been received for the project and will be considered by the council Tuesday, said Todd Janigo, assistant public works director.
Flood-related work includes pavement repair from on North 28th Street and shoulder and slope repairs on Woodlawn Avenue. Each project costs about $125,000 and will be paid for with Federal Emergency Management Agency funding and the city’s Capital Improvement Program provides matching funding. Another $1.3 million will be spent to dredge a combine sewer treatment facility adjacent to the wastewater treatment plant after flooding deposited sediment in the facility.
Janigo said design work is starting to replace a culvert on Wyoming Avenue, also damage caused by last year’s flooding.
After last year’s flooding rain left many neighborhoods along the Faxon Creek watershed flooded, the city is moving ahead this year is undertaking a study to determine how to address concerns that left million in private property damage in its wake.
And damage caused to the K Street sewer also will be repaired this year with the help of FEMA funding.
A variety of other projects also are planned to improve the wastewater collection system and treatment plant.
Traffic signal projects are planned for 22nd Avenue East and East Second Street to accommodate construction of the new Super One store in East End, and those on Broadway Street will also be moved one block north to accommodate the Winter Street truck route on Hammond and Tower avenues.
However, traffic signals still won’t be coming to South Superior despite five years of lobbying by Councilor Dan Olson.
Olson is hopeful work will begin this year to put traffic-calming measures in place to enhance safety by restricting traffic flow and creating higher visibility of pedestrian crossings.
Also on tap are improvements to some of the city’s recreational facilities, including parking improvements at Hayes Fields Baseball Complex, improvements at Wade Bowl, Veterans Memorial Park, and the park at North 18th Street and Oakes Avenue.
Projects designed to improve port facilities in Superior are also on tap for this year, with the second phase of dock improvements at Fraser Shipyard and General Mill dock improvements getting underway this year.
There is good news on the North Tower Avenue project too, Janigo said. He said water lines and sewer lines on the northern end of the project area are in and storm sewer lines should be installed in another week. He said the contractor has set a goal of having that section of the project complete and ready to open by July 1.
“It’s pretty aggressive, but they think they can do it that’s great,” Janigo said.