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 https://csah22.com/construction-updates/. Updates will also be posted to the Freeborn County website at http://www.co.freeborn.mn.us/, the City’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofalbertlea and on the City’s Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/cityofalbertlea.

Construction Updates

12-8-20: Bridge Avenue was opened for traffic last week! There is still some work to take place this year such as finishing the street lighting and traffic signals at Marshall Street and boulevard grading, but these will take place under traffic.

11-20-20: Work this week included temporary paint striping, concrete sidewalk and driveway installation, and street lighting installation.

Next week they will continue the concrete and street lighting work, as well as install the new street signage. They will also resume sod installation and other restoration work.

Installation of the traffic signals at Marshall Street is tentatively scheduled for the week of Nov 30-Dec 4. They plan to leave the road closed until this signal system is installed and operational.

11-13-20: Bridge Avenue Reconstruction Project: Work this week consisted mostly of street lighting installation along the entire corridor. Next week the contractor plans to resume concrete work. Their focus will first be the pedestrian ramps at the Hawthorne Street intersection, then the remaining driveways.

11-6-20:

Work completed this week included:

  • Completion of the sanitary sewer and water services. This concludes the underground utility work for the fall.
  • The first two of three lifts of bituminous have been placed and all areas under construction this year. This concludes bituminous paving for the fall.

Worked expected for next week includes:

  • Concrete sidewalk and driveway work between Sheridan Street and the Fairground entrance
  • Landscaping and sod installation between Sheridan Street and the Fairground Entrance
  • Street lighting and electrical work along the entire project

The contractor hopes to have most of the work completed and to be able to reopen the road by Friday, November 20th.

10-29-20:

Work completed this week included:

  • The storm sewer work should be finished tomorrow (10/30/2020). This will complete the underground utility work for this fall
  • Grading and aggregate base between Sheridan and the Fairgrounds entrance
  • Concrete work between Sheridan and Hawthorne
  • Street lighting work between Marshall and Hawthorne

Work expected to take place next week includes:

  • Electrical street lighting installation throughout the project
  • Completion of the remaining concrete work between Hawthorne and the Fairgrounds entrance
  • Grading and aggregate base between Hawthorn and the Fairgrounds entrance
  • Completion of all remaining bituminous paving for this fall

10-23-20:

Work completed this week included:

  • Water and sewer service replacement between Hawthorne Street and the Fairground entrance
  • Concrete curb & gutter and sidewalk between Johnson Street and Sheridan Street
  • The Marshall Street intersection should be opened sometime today

Work next week is expected to include:

  • Storm sewer replacement between Hawthorne Street and the Fairgrounds entrance
  • Grading and aggregate base between Sheridan Street and Hawthorne Street
  • Concrete work between Johnson Street and Hawthorne Street
  • Street lighting and traffic light work between Marshall Street and Hawthorne Street

10-9-20: Work this week included:

  • Grading and aggregate base between Marshall and Sheridan
  • Water and sewer service replacement between Sheridan and Hawthorne
  • Completion of the retaining wall work

Work expected to take place next week include:

  • Bituminous paving between Marshall and Sheridan
  • Electrical work for the traffic signal at Marshall
  • Concrete work between Marshall and Sheridan
  • Storm sewer replacement between Marshall and Sheridan

10-2-20: Work this week included concrete work between Marshall and Johnson, retaining wall installation between Johnson and Sheridan, and water and sewer service replacement between Sheridan and Hawthorne. A second underground crew was brought in this week to speed the utility work process.

Work next week is expected to include:

  • Completion of the retaining wall work
  • Concrete work between Marshall and Sheridan
  • Water and sewer service replacement between Sheridan and Hawthorne
  • Storm sewer replacement between Sheridan and Hawthorne
  • Electrical work for the street lighting between Marshall and Sheridan

9-25-20:
Work completed this week included:

  • Electrical work for the traffic signal at Marshall Street
  • Retaining wall installation between Marshall Street and Sheridan Street
  • Sanitary sewer and watermain installation between Sheridan Street and Hawthorne Street
  • Excavation/aggregate base installation between Marshall Street and Sheridan Street

Work expected next week will include:

  • Retaining wall installation between Marshall Street and Sheridan Street
  • Excavation and aggregate base installation between Marshall Street and Sheridan Street
  • Sanitary sewer and watermain installation between Sheridan Street and Hawthorne Street

9-18-20: The underground contractor has been having trouble obtaining passing bacteria tests on the temporary water supply between Sheridan St and Hawthorne St. To avoid further delays, they have begun replacing the storm sewer in this stretch and will return to complete the watermain once passing bacteria tests have been obtained. Other work completed this week included:

  • Electrical work for the new signals at Marshall Street
  • Concrete work in the Marshall Street intersection
  • Retaining wall work between Marshall Street and Sheridan Street
  • Installation of edge drain and aggregate road base between Marshall Street and Sheridan Street

9-14-20: Work was limited last week due to the wet weather. The contractor continued working on the retaining walls between Marshall St and Sheridan St and the underground utility work between Sheridan St and Hawthorne St. The plan for this week is to continue work on these items.

9-8-20: Work last week included grading for the retaining walls between Marshall Street and Sheridan Street, electrical work for the traffic signal at Marshall Street, and completion of the storm sewer to Sheridan Street. Work this week will include installation of the aggregate base and concrete curb & gutter and sidewalk work in the Marshall Street intersection. They will also continue the retaining wall work and begin excavating for the new aggregate base between Marshall Street and Sheridan Street.

8-28-20: Work this week included storm sewer replacement both in the intersection at Marshall Street and between Marshall and Sheridan. They have also begun excavating for the new aggregate roadbase in this section. Work planned for next week includes:

  • Completion of the storm sewer between Marshall and Sheridan
  • Excavating and installing the aggregate base between Marshall and Sheridan
  • Beginning the retaining wall replacement between Marshall and Sheridan
  • Electrical work for the new traffic signals at Marshall Street
  • Sanitary sewer replacement between Sheridan and Hawthorne

8-21-20: The contractor completed watermain and sanitary sewer work at the Marshall intersection and began on storm sewer. Next week they plan to continue with installing storm sewer moving north out of the Marshall Street.

8-17-20: Underground utility work last week included replacing the remaining water and sewer services between Marshall and Sheridan. The contractor also removed the rest of the pavement in Phase 1 up to Minnie Maddern.

8-7-20: This week the contractor continued replacing water and sewer services between Marshall and Sheridan, and they hope to be able to finish this week. Once they complete that service work they will move to the Marshall Street intersection and complete all the utility work in that area. They hope to be able to finish that next week. Once that is complete the grading crew will come in and excavate and install the aggregate base in the intersection so that it can be opened back up to traffic on the gravel surface.

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 http://csah22.com .

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.