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Largest Street Reconstruction Project Ever to Begin in May

The last phase of Fridley’s comprehensive neighborhood street reconstruction pro- gram will begin in mid-May. With the com- pletion of this 4.46-mile project, the City will have reconstructed more than thirty miles of streets that had previously been constructed without concrete curb and gut- ter. The work will occur in four general areas of Fridley and encompass portions of forty streets.

The work on these streets will begin with removal and reclaiming of the existing surface. In the next step, we will be upgrading and repairing the under- ground storm drainage and utility systems. After that, we rebuild the roadway base, replace the exist- ing bituminous curbing with concrete curb and gutter, and put down the initial paving course for the new street. Following these steps, we replace hydrants, install new topsoil, and lay new sod along the boulevards. After the initial course of new paving has had a chance to compact with traffic, we install the final paving course. This usually occurs in late summer to early fall.

Prior to the initiation of work by the City’s contrac- tor, CenterPoint Energy will verify the locations of their gas lines and do any gas line replacement or relocation that they feel is necessary. The City also uses the time prior to construction of the new street to televise the sanitary sewer system in the street reconstruction areas. This also includes televising sewer laterals at residents’ request.

We expect that the City will meet with the success- ful bidder and representatives of CenterPoint Energy in April to coordinate project implementa- tion. By that time we also expect that the contrac- tor will have submitted their plan for phasing of contract work to the City for approval.

The contractor will divide the work among six phases and will move to each new phase at the point in time after the curb and gutter has been put in place for the previous phase.

Once we have approved the contractor’s plans for phasing, we will be sending preconstruction newsletters to residents in each of the impacted areas. As in past years, the City will seek to mini- mize the amount of time when residents do not have access to their homes by automobile. All of the work, including boulevard restoration should be completed by November 4 (Election Day). During each phase of the project, the City will have project inspectors on site and will be available to residents who have project-related questions. We also expect to maintain project information on the City’s website.

Bids for the project were opened on March 11, and awarded at the March 24 City Council meeting to Midwest Asphalt of Minnetonka in the amount of $2,359,572. Of this amount $750,000 will be assessed to benefiting property owners. The largest amount of the project cost, $1,250,000, will be paid for through the issuance of general obligation bonds.

For additional information about the project, we suggest that you refer to the project blog, which includes information on project location, and will contain regular updates as the project pro- gresses. To find the project blog go to http://www.ci.fridley.mn.us/blogs/ and click on street projects. If you have further questions, con- tact Layne Otteson at 572-3551 or e-mail him at ottesonl@ci.fridley.mn.us.

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• Carnival • Run for Fun • Parade • Teen Street Dance • Senior Citizen Activities • Bingo • Street Dances

Fireworks • Lions Club Beer Tent • Craft Fair • Children’s Activities • Miss Fridley Pageant • Queen’s Reception

Visit the City’s web site for more information. www.ci.fridley.mn.us

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2008 Safety Camp

For youth completing grades 2-3 (If openings remain after June 1, those who have completed grade 4 may register.)

Tuesday & Wednesday June 24-25, 2008 • 8 am - 4 pm $30.00 Commons Park

Members of the Fridley Fire, Police and Recreation Departments will once again be hosting this exciting program designed for kids to have fun while learning good safety practices. Safety topics to be covered include: ire, seat belt, animals, electrical, bicycle, irst aid, swimming, personal and more!

The camp will be held at the Commons Park shelter (555 61st Ave. NE) rain or shine.There will be snacks and lunch served daily. On June 25, a graduation ceremony held at 6 p.m. at the Fridley High School.

Questions: Call Liz @ 572-3626 Registration: Call 572-3570

Sponsored by: Fridley Police, Fire and Recreation Departments

Fridley Community Calendar

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*NOTE: Charter Commission, Parks & Recreation Commission, and the Environmental Quality and Energy Commission meet at 7 p.m. All other commissions and the City Council meet at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are held at the Municipal Cente , 6431 University Avenue, NE.The public is welcome. Hearing impaired persons who need an interpreter or other persons with disabilities who require auxiliary aids and would like to attend a meeting, should contact Roberta Collins at 572-3500 at least one week in advance.

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