Bridge Avenue Reconstruction Project – City Project 1907

Bridge Avenue Corridor Study 2005 (3.58 MB pdf)

Bridge Avenue Corridor Study 2008 (5.5 MB pdf)

This project involves the complete reconstruction of Bridge Avenue (CSAH 22) from Marshall Street to Hammer Road. Proposed work will include complete removal and replacement of the pavement, curb & gutter, sidewalk, street lighting, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and watermain. The existing concrete and bituminous pavements will be removed and replaced with a bituminous surface.

The roadway is owned and maintained by Freeborn County, and the underground utilities are owned and maintained by the City of Albert Lea. This will be a joint project between the City of Albert Lea and Freeborn County with Freeborn County being the Lead Agency.

On February 12, 2020 an Open House was held to present the project to the public.

Bridge Avenue Reconstruction Project Presentation

For bidding information visit QuestCDN Project No. 6845050

The Bridge Avenue Reconstruction Project will begin on June 15, 2020. Bridge Avenue will be closed from Marshall St. to Hammer Rd. Ulland Brothers, Inc. will be the prime contractor on this project. Freeborn County and the City of Albert Lea collaborated on this project and have hired SRF Consulting Group to provide construction oversight.

Weekly construction updates will be posted to this page as well as on the Bridge Avenue Project website at Updates will also be posted to the Freeborn County website at, the City’s Facebook page at and on the City’s Twitter feed at

Construction Updates

7-31-20: This week the contractor continued replacing sanitary sewer and water services between Marshall Street and Sheridan Street. They hope to finish that next week and then begin replacing the storm sewer in that stretch.

7-24-20: The sanitary sewer and watermain have been replaced up to Sheridan Street. The contractor will begin replacing sewer and water services between Marshall Street and Sheridan Street next week.

7-20-20: Last week the contractor continued replacing sanitary sewer between Marshall Street and Johnson Street. Work this week will include watermain replacement and storm sewer replacement between Marshall Street and Johnson Street.

7-10-20: Sanitary sewer replacement continued this week and should finish next week in the block from Marshall Street to Johnson Street. Once that is complete they will begin replacing the watermain in that section. The electrical subcontractor also plans to come in next week to begin installing wiring conduit for the new traffic signal at Richway Drive. The signal system will remain in place and active during this operation.

7-2-20: This week residences were hooked up to temporary water and sanitary sewer work began at the Marshall Street/Bridge Avenue intersection. Next week the contractor will continue with sanitary sewer work progressing north from Marshall to Johnson Street. The contractor may also begin working on watermain next week starting at the Marshall intersection.

6-26-20: This week Ulland Bros continued with removals in the first phase. The old traffic signals at Marshall Street and Hawthorne Street have been deactivated, and will be removed in the near future. The utility subcontractor also set up the temporary water supply between Marshall Street and Sheridan Street. Once they have the obtained passing bacteria tests they will begin switching houses over. Underground utility work will begin next week with replacement of sanitary sewer between Marshall Street and Sheridan Street.

6-22-20: The Contractor is working to remove the pavement in preparation for underground pipe replacement that will start this week. Efforts are being made to keep key intersections open to traffic and keep a good base intact for homeowners to have access to their properties. Temporary water service is also being set up to provide water service to homes that will have the watermain on their block shut down. Once the new water main installed the homes will be reconnected to the permanent services.

6-8-20: A revised tentative start date for the project has been set by the contractor for June 15th. Work will start with road surface removals at the Marshal Street intersection and then move northerly in one or two block increments. All underground piping is being replaced as a part of the project. Traffic will be detoured around the construction area. All traffic is asked to use the detour route to avoid overloading the residential streets. Residents can sign up for email alerts regarding construction information or view general weekly updates by visiting the project website at .

6-3-20: Ulland Brothers is the  contractor for this project. Preconstruction meetings have been held and the project is moving forward with a tentative start date for work on site to begin Monday, June 8. However, this date is subject to change to due weather or other unforeseen circumstances. The first step in the project will be the installation of temporary water service to all impacted homes. Then the contractor will begin pavement removal and utility construction in the intersection of Bridge and Marshall.