Stables Area Sewer, Water & Street Construction – City Project 1702

This project will involve installing sanitary sewer and water to the Stables area. Roadways being reconstructed as part of this project include Belgrade Drive, North Trail, East Trail, West Trail, Elm Street & Country Club Road.

A neighborhood meeting was held on July 30, 2018 to discuss annexing the Stables and Country Club Road area with installation of sewer, water, and reconstruction of roadways with the affected residents.

Stables Area Sewer, Water & Street Construction Presentation 

For bidding information visit QuestCDN Project No. 6229492

Construction Updates

4-5-19: Underground work kicked off on April 2nd with the connection to the existing sewer south of St. John’s near Edgewater Park. This week, the sewer was installed north along Eagle View Circle up to Crescent Drive. Crescent Drive is closed today to allow for sewer installation through the roadway. The roadway will be opened back up once installation is complete. The Contractor will then proceed with installation north toward Eagle View Drive and ultimately toward the Stables Area. The installation will get deeper as they go which means there will be noticeably larger dirt piles present and a lot slower rate of progression.

4-15-19: Last week approximately 250’ of trunk sewer was installed near Country Club Road. Sewer installation will continue this week. Also, this week Albert Lea Tree Service will be on site to clear the trees.

4-18-19: Eagleview Circle is closed at the north entrance for work on the Stables sewer and water project. Please use Crescent Drive during this period. Work could take up to two weeks to be completed.

4-22-19: As of last Friday, the contractor (Holtmeier Construction) had the trunk sewer installed up to approximately Eagle View Drive. This week, sewer installation will continue north along with another crew beginning watermain and utility installation along Country Club Road. There may be some tree removal near the Stables as well. Residents along Country Club Road may be contacted in the coming days by the contractor to coordinate access during construction and regarding utility service locations. Alternative access through the Shell Rock River Watershed District property will be available to the residents located along portions of Country Club Road. Street patching with asphalt will occur at a later date when additional streets impacted can be patched in a single mobilization. In the meantime, streets will be patched with gravel surfacing when pipe installation is complete.

5-1-19: The Contractor is still working on installing sewer north along Richway Drive/CSAH 20. They are averaging about 100 feet of sewer installed per day. The sewer is about 25 feet deep in this location and they are encountering ground water near the bottom on their trench. A second crew arrived last week and began installing water and sewer along Country Club. The pavement along Country Club Road was removed on Friday. The streets will be resurfaced with blacktop as part of the project when utility installation is complete. Once utilities are installed along Country Club Road, which should take a week or two, the second crew will continue installing watermain north adjacent to the sewer along Richway Drive/CSAH 20. Their current schedule estimates that sewer will be installed to Itaska Road around May 10th and to Belgrade Drive around June 1st.

5-6-19: The Stable’s sewer Contractor continues to install sewer along CSAH 20 (Richway Drive) north toward the Stables. They are currently about half way to Itaska Road. The other crew installed sewer within the north/south portion of Country Club Road this week. The crew decided to wait on installing sewer in the east/west portion of Country Club Road due to a gas utility conflict. As a result, that crew began installing watermain along Itaska Road easterly from East Trail to CSAH 20. This work is expected to last a day or two. Once the watermain installation along Itaska Road is complete, sewer installation on the east/west portion of Country Club Road is expected to proceed. Both main lines of water and sewer from the St. John’s area are now installed north of Eagle View Drive.

5-14-19: Weathering permitting the contractor plans to close CSAH 20 (Richway Drive) on Friday. The closure could be pushed back to Monday if weather interrupts the work this week. The closure is anticipated to last a few weeks.

5-20-19: The Contractor has installed the sewer main up to Belgrade Drive. They are now continuing north and shifting east into County Road 20 with their installation as a result of the homes present. As a result, the County Road is now closed and detoured via County Road 101 and Itaska Road. The watermain is currently installed north of Itaska Road. The sewer main will continue to be installed north toward Elm Street. Watermain will then be installed within the County Road 20 corridor as well such that the roadway can be restored and reopened. Pavement restoration of the disturbed portions of Itaska Road, Eagle View Drive, Country Club Road and Crescent Drive will occur at this time as well. A small section of Country Club (east/west portion) will have sewer installed prior once a gas main conflict is resolved.

Once sewer and water mains are installed up to Elm Street, the Contractor is expected to begin installing mains toward the south end of the Stables Area. Residents in this area may be contacted in coming weeks by the Contractor to establish a work plan for temporary water service. This will involve determining where existing water service(s) exit/enter each home and/or whether multiple homes are served by a single water source where a temporary City supply line can be temporarily connected. There may be some exploratory digging within this area in coming weeks to identify water supply lines. The temporary water service will consist of above ground piping fed from the City of Albert Lea water supply. It will remain in place until homes are permanently connected to the City supply with underground piping from the home to the watermain to be installed in the street.

5-24-19: The Contractor has installed the sewer main up to Elm Street. They are now continuing north with the watermain toward Elm Street as well. Pavement restoration of the disturbed portions of Itaska Road, Eagle View Drive, Country Club Road and Crescent Drive will occur once the watermain is complete. A small section of Country Club (east/west portion) will have sewer installed next week as well.

The Contractor is expected to then begin installing mains toward the south end of the Stables Area, toward East, West and North Trail. Residents in this area may be contacted in the coming weeks by the Contractor to establish a work plan for temporary water service. This will involve determining where existing water service(s) exit/enter each home and/or whether multiple homes are served by a single water source where a temporary City supply line can be temporarily connected. There may be some exploratory digging within this area in coming weeks to identify water supply lines. The temporary water service will consist of above ground piping fed from the City of Albert Lea water supply. It will remain in place until homes are permanently connected to the City supply with underground piping from the home to the watermain to be installed in the street.

5-31-19: The Contractor has installed the both sewer water mains up to Elm Street. Sanitary sewer is also now installed along the east/west portion of Country Club Road. Restoration of the disturbed roadways will begin soon with possible blacktop paving this coming Saturday. The majority of all remaining underground utility work will focus on the Stables Area.

The Contractor is expected to now begin installing mains toward the south end of the Stables Area, namely toward East, West and North Trail. Residents in this area may be contacted in coming weeks by the Contractor to establish a work plan for temporary water service. This will involve determining where existing water service(s) exit/enter each home and/or whether multiple homes are served by a single water source where a temporary City supply line can be temporarily connected. There may be some exploratory digging within this area in coming weeks to identify water supply lines. The temporary water service will consist of above ground piping fed from the City of Albert Lea water supply. It will remain in place until homes are permanently connected to the City supply with underground piping from the home to the watermain to be installed in the street.

The City will be contacting residents within the coming weeks via mail to provide an update on options for hooking up individual water and sewer service lines from the service stubs at the property to each individual homes. Look for this information in coming weeks.

6-13-19: The Contractor has installed sewer and water mains along Belgrade Drive westerly to Elm Street. They are now installing sewer south along East Trail. Once installation is complete on East Trail, they will install sewer west along North Trail and then south along West Trail. Watermain installations in these areas will also follow or occur at intervals during the sewer installation.

Portions of these roads will be inaccessible during periods of active construction. If you have specific needs regarding access during construction, please contact either the City at 377-4325 or the Contractor’s or City’s representatives on site or the City’s Consultant, Jones, Haugh & Smith Inc at 373-4876. Representatives of the Contractor and City will also be contacting many residents in this area to ascertain the location of existing and proposed sewer and water services (private hookups) as well as for limitations on access.

The City will also be contacting residents within the coming weeks via mail to provide an update on options for hooking up individual water and sewer service lines from the service stubs at the property to each individual homes. Look for this information in coming weeks. Currently the Contractor is ahead of their schedule and original projected completion date. The upcoming mailing will provide information regarding projected timeframes for connection to the City’s sewer and water system.

6-21-19: The Stables utility contractor has now finished the main line sewer and water installation on North, West and East Trail and is in the process of stubbing out utility services along these streets. This work should be complete in the next day or two. Water and sewer installation along Itaska Road between East and West Trail may be delayed due to a gas line conflict. Grading and installation of gravel base on the aforementioned streets along with Belgrade Drive should commence next week. If utility work along Itaska Road is delayed, the utility Contractor will begin installing sewer and water along Elm Street beginning on the south end and proceeding north.

Portions of Elm Street will be inaccessible during periods of active construction. If you have specific needs regarding access during construction, please contact either the City at 377-4325 or the Contractor’s or City’s representatives on site or the City’s Consultant, Jones, Haugh & Smith Inc at 373-4876. Representatives of the Contractor and City will also be contacting many residents in this area to ascertain the location of existing and proposed sewer and water services (private hookups) as well as for limitations on access.

6-27-19: The Stables utility contractor continues to proceed north on Elm Street. They are expected to complete the sewer installation along Elm Street within the next few days at which point they will begin the watermain installation. All utility installation is expected to be completed  around mid-July, weather permitting.

A separate grading crew will continue to reshape the roads and ditches where utility installation is complete in preparation for placement of gravel base and eventually blacktop. Driveways will be restored to the same material that existed prior (gravel, blacktop or concrete). Most driveway culverts that are currently in place will be replaced with new culverts. Once paving of the blacktop begins, residents can contact the paving Contractor, Ulland Bros. if they would like additional portions of their driveway paved at the resident’s expense. It is anticipated that paving will occur in two phases, one for the southern portion of the Stables and one at a later date for the norther portion but this scheduling is subject to change.

Portions of Elm Street will be inaccessible during periods of active construction. If you have specific needs regarding access during construction, please contact either the City at 377-4325 or the Contractor’s or City’s representatives on site or the City’s Consultant, Jones, Haugh & Smith Inc at 373-4876. Representatives of the Contractor and City will also be contacting many residents in this area to ascertain the location of existing and proposed sewer and water services (private hookups) as well as for limitations on access.

7-12-19: The Stables utility contractor has completed all main line sewer and watermain with the exception of the stretch along Itaska Road where they are waiting for the gas company to relocate a gas line. Currently, the contractor is installing sewer and water service stubs to the homes along Elm Street. After that, they are hoping to be able to begin the utility work along Itaska Road. Once the utility work along Itaska Road is complete, all sewer and water utility work will be complete. A grading crew is currently following behind the utility crew and is restoring the streets and ditches to grade in preparation for paving.

7-19-19: The Contractor has finished the sewer and water installation. Restoration of the streets and boulevards will occur next once the Contractor’s grading crew moves back in. They are currently at another project but are expected back within a week or so. Installation of driveway culverts and drainage piping will occur along with the site restoration as well as resurfacing of driveways and streets. Seeding of the boulevards and disturbed areas will occur after completion of the grading.

8-6-19: Now that sewer and water installation is complete, restoration of streets and ditches briefly commenced. However, it has become apparent that appropriate drainage measures along the streets and boulevards has been compromised over the years. Many of the existing culverts and ditches had been filled in or buried and many of the boulevard areas have little to no slope or grade to them. While the sandy soils may have reduced drainage problems in the past, the newly compacted soils as a result of the project may not infiltrate storm water as well moving forward. Therefore, the City is currently working with the Contractor to implement a new drainage design to alleviate past deficiencies while also maintaining manageable slopes within the boulevards. The City is currently in the process of approving these measures and costs needed to implement additional drainage improvements. The improvements will include underground storm sewer piping with inlet manholes located within many of the boulevard areas in lieu of steeper and deeper ditches to provide slope. Funding for the improvements will be handled through other project cost savings. It is anticipated that approval of this work will occur within the next week or two. Once approval is granted, materials and supplies will need to be ordered which will likely take another 2 weeks. After materials are delivered, construction will commence again starting with installation of the drainage improvements followed by restoration of the streets and boulevards. Residents can still begin installation of their private sewer and water connections to the new system in the meantime.