Superior’s City Council laid the groundwork Wednesday, Feb. 19 to pay for street projects this year.
The Council approved selling $3.08 million in municipal bonds to pay for North 28th Street reconstruction; milling and overlay along East Second Street; and general street maintenance planned for this year.
Sean Lentz, a financial advisor with Ehler’s & Associates, said the Council could expect a 2.5% interest rate on the bonds when they are sold. Bidders have not been determined yet.
“The market has been very, very good for debt,” Lentz said.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s $10-15 million project to repair East Second Street from Second to 53rd avenues east is expected to start in April and will take two years to complete. Only about $500,000 of the bonds will go toward the project.
In 2020, construction will happen north of the Nemadji River, with work to continue in 2021 from 31st Avenue East to 53rd Avenue East.
WisDOT's plans includes:
- Concrete pavement repair in spot locations.
- Resurfacing the road with a course grind of the concrete surface and asphalt overlay.
- Rehabilitation of three bridge structures.
- Upgrades and installation of curb ramps at pedestrian crossings.
- Updates and replacement of traffic signals.
- Repairs to utility manholes and inlets.
The project is being spread over two years because of high traffic volumes along East Second Street.
During construction, U.S. Highways 2/53 will remain open to traffic but could be reduced to one lane in each direction.
Properties within the work zone that do not have alternate access outside the construction area will be maintained. Temporary driveways and gravel surfaces may be needed to access businesses and residences in the work zone.
During the first stage of construction, the priority will be concrete repair of the U.S. Highway 2 (Belknap Street) and U.S. Highway 53 (East Second Street) intersection prior to the influx of tourists.
Work during the first stage of construction in May and early June will restrict turning movements at the Belknap Street intersection and a detour route will be signed for northbound passenger traffic, and truck and freight traffic.
Passenger vehicles will use U.S. Highway 53 to State Highway 35 (Tower Avenue), and eastbound truck and freight traffic will access that route at Winter Street and Tower Avenue. Westbound truck and freight traffic will turn right on East Street, then take East First Street to Winter Street.
WisDOT is advising travelers to expect delays during construction.
Plans for North 28th Street reconstruction include replacing pavement from Hill Avenue to the tracks nears East 10th Street and improving the crossing, said Public Works Director Todd Janigo. The project is expected to cost almost $1.2 million.
The city has budgeted $1.5 million for general street maintenance projects this year in its capital improvement program.
In other business Wednesday, the Council approved:
- Small business grant applications with Winter Street LLC/Thirsty Pagan Brewery and the World of Wheels.
- Amending the zoning code to allow impound lots in M1, light manufacturing districts.
- Contracting with Landfill Drilling and Piping for the low bid of $78,690 to install 11 permanent gas wells at the landfill on Moccasin Mike Road. Required by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the project will increase the number of wells by 40 percent. The existing gas wells generate an average of $50,000 annually from carbon credits.
- Amending a development agreement and approving an additional $200,000 grant to Superior Hotel LLC for construction of a 60-room Cobblestone Hotel and Suites on Tower Avenue. The project was delayed and additional funding provided to address debris still in the soil after the 2006 demolition of the Palace Theater and Odyssey’s Night Club.
- An interagency agreement among the cities of Duluth and Superior, and the Duluth Transit Authority for public oversight of the transit system.