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The city has its work cut out this year. From parks and streets to the city’s harbor and sanitary sewer system, a broad range of projects will keep the city’s public works crews and contractors busy. Included in the workload this year is ongoing efforts to repair damage left in the wake of flooding in June 2012.

The city has plans for nearly 50 projects that are in the works; in some cases, the work is designing and planning for projects for projects planned in the future. Others put finishing touches on projects already started, like the Tower Avenue reconstruction project.

“We are going to be finishing up Veterans Memorial Park located at Seventh and Catlin,” said Mary Morgan, director of Parks, Forest and Recreation. “We’re going to be finishing up Wade Bowl at 12th and Catlin … renovations at 18th and Oakes Avenue play area.”

This year work to finish the parking lot at Hayes Court also will be completed, Morgan said. Plans include installing ornamental fencing at Webster Park.

Billings Park is also getting needed attention. This year, the city is reconstructing the entrance bridge and road in Billings Park as work gets underway to design the renovation planned for 2015 at the city park adjacent to the St. Louis River, Morgan said.

That’s in addition to crews continuing efforts to take down ash trees in the wake of the discovery of emerald ash borer in Superior’s North End. Crews have already planted new trees in the neighborhood where more than 300 ash trees were taken over the last year.

In addition, the city’s streets are getting some needed attention. The council approved a $2.8 million construction bid by James Peterson Sons Inc. for reconstruction of East Fifth Street from Belknap to 12th Avenue East. While a portion of the project was expected to be complete last year, a lack of bidders sent city staff back to the drawing board. In addition to reconstruction of the street, Superior Water, Light and Power will be spending about $500,000 to replace water mains and service laterals in the area, according to Public Works Director Jeff Goetzman.

In addition, the city will be working to finish work near the new Super One store in East End with paving, curbs and a right turn lane; the final work on signals, lights, paving and curbs on 22nd Avenue East will be completed this year.

Planning and design work continues for the expected 2016 and 2017 reconstruction of Belknap Street.

About $700,000 this year will be spent milling and paving including numerous streets north of Belknap Street, in Billings Park, and avenues in East End

Another $188,000 will be spent on sidewalk repairs.

Flood damage remaining from 2012 at North 28th Street and Bardon Avenue, and slope and shoulder damage at Woodlawn Avenue will be repaired.

On the waterfront, the city plans repairs at the city-owned marina on Barker’s Island, in addition to finishing dock work at the General Mills and Fraser Shipyard facilities.

Upgrades are also planned at the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant and Lift Station No. 4.