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                               2022 Construction Projects


CENTRAL AVENUE SEWER MANHOLE IMPROVEMENTS  (Map)
This summer, the City of Columbia Heights will be conducting an infrastructure project on Central Avenue from 37th to 44th Avenues. The work will include the replacement of sanitary sewer manholes on both sides of Central Avenue, along with 2 short sections of pipe replacement. The work will remove dilapidated and failing manholes, most of which are original construction from over 80-100 years ago. The short pipe segments are being replaced due to poor condition or for capacity.  The work is being paid for with a combination of Federal funds and City funds.

Traffic Plan Beginning July 11
To accomplish the work in the most cost effective and efficient manner, a traffic control plan was prepared and approved by MnDOT, who owns the roadway. Beginning on July 11th, the north bound lanes of traffic will be closed from 37th Avenue to 44th Avenue and all traffic will be diverted to the south bound lanes: a single lane in each direction. When the work is completed in the north bound lanes, the traffic control plan will reverse shutting down the south bound lanes and moving traffic to a single lane in each direction in the north bound lanes. It is anticipated that the work will take 12 weeks to complete, with 5-6 weeks in each direction. Access will be provided to businesses and residences during construction.

2022 STREET REABILITATION PROGRAM   (Construction Update 07-01-2022)
Tentative Construction Start Date – Week of May 23rd   Construction Notice    3rd St, 5th St, 41st Ave
May 26, 2022 Resident Pre-Construction Meeting Agenda 
In 1997 the City approved an annual street rehabilitation program to address the long-term condition and sustainability of the city’s 66 miles of streets.  Under this program, the City of Columbia Heights is divided into seven zones.  Annually, a condition analysis is conducted for the following year’s zone work, and based on the condition rating, staff recommends one of four treatment types:  surface treatment, mill and overlay, partial reconstruction (full depth reclamation), or complete reconstruction. 

The goal of the program is to do the right type of street rehabilitation at the right time to avoid the more expensive option of reconstruction.  Each street is evaluated using the following methods and an Overall Condition Index (OCI) is determined. 

  • The thickness of the existing pavement and underlying aggregate base has been documented.
  • An independent testing firm has determined the strength of the street and provided a visual condition rating.
  • A comprehensive visual condition street survey is conducted by Engineering Department staff by measuring the type and quantity of each type of cracking in the pavement.
  • MnDOT also visually rates State Aid Streets every two years.

These results are used to determine the appropriate treatment to maximize the life of the street.  An OCI of 70 or greater suggests surface treatment is the appropriate treatment.  An OCI between 69 and 55 reflects that the bituminous pavement is showing signs of significant deterioration and a mill and overlay is required to strengthen the pavement.  An OCI of less than 55 suggests the best course of action is to reconstruct the street, typically because both the pavement and the base under the pavement are failing.  The need for full or partial reconstruction is determined by the condition of the curb and gutter.

1.  ZONES 6 AND 7 - SW QUADRANT OF CITY  (Feasibility Study)  (Map)

The location and type of proposed construction work is listed below:

Zone 6 Street Rehabilitation
Partial Street Reconstruction
The entire depth of the pavement and underlying base will be ground together with a reclaiming machine.  This material will be stockpiled on-site as needed.  The underlying soil will be removed and graded as needed to place 6” to 9” of reclaimed material and 4” of new bituminous pavement.   Existing concrete curb and gutter would be preserved except for sections with poor drainage or that are considered to be a hazard to the snowplows.   Pedestrian ramps will be reconstructed to meet current ADA standards.

  • Jackson Street NE                40th Avenue to 41st Avenue                          
  • 41st Avenue NE                      Monroe Street to Central Avenue                    
  • 42nd Avenue NE                     7th Street to Quincy Street                         
  • 43rd Avenue NE                      4th Street to 6th Street                          
  • 43rd Avenue NE                      7th Street to Washington Street

Mill and Overlay
The top 1” to 2” of pavement surface will be removed by milling.  Depending on the thickness of the existing bituminous and cross-slope of the street, either a 6’ to 8’ strip along the curb and gutter or the entire width of the pavement will be milled.  A 1” to 2” bituminous overlay will be paved over the entire width of the street. Existing concrete curb and gutter would be preserved except for sections with poor drainage or that are considered to be a hazard to the snowplows.   Pedestrian ramps will be reconstructed to meet current ADA standards.

  • 5th Street NE                            40th Avenue to 41st Avenue
  • 41st Avenue NE                       7th Street to Jefferson Street       
  • 42nd Avenue NE                      University Ave Service Drive to 7th Street
  • 43rd Avenue NE                      6th Street to 7th Street
  • 43rd Avenue NE                      Washington Street to Quincy Street                             

Zone 7 Street Rehabilitation
Mill and Overlay
The top 1” to 2” of pavement surface will be removed by milling.  Depending on the thickness of the existing bituminous and cross-slope of the street, either a 6’ to 8’ strip along the curb and gutter or the entire width of the pavement will be milled.  A 1” to 2” bituminous overlay will be paved over the entire width of the street.  Existing concrete curb and gutter would be preserved except for sections with poor drainage or that are considered to be a hazard to the snowplows.   Pedestrian ramps will be reconstructed to meet current ADA standards.

  • 3rd Street NE                           44th Avenue to 45th Avenue  
2.  STATE AID STREET REHABILITATION-

      47TH AVENUE NE FROM CENTRAL AVENUE TO FILLMORE STREET (Feasibility Study)  (Map)

Mill and Overlay
The proposed construction would consist of either milling off 3” of bituminous pavement across the entire pavement surface or milling off up to 2” for a 6’ to 8’ width along the curb and gutter and paving a new 2” to 3” bituminous mat. Existing concrete curb and gutter would be preserved except for sections with poor drainage or that are considered to be a hazard to the snowplows.   Pedestrian ramps will be reconstructed to meet current ADA standards.

3.  2022 SURFACE TREATMENT – CITY WIDE (Map)

Municipal state aid streets that have received a bituminous overlay within the last few years will receive a surface treatment.  The treatment is intended to rejuvenate the surface of the bituminous and reduce deterioration caused by moisture penetration and oxidation (sun).

2022 WATER MAIN CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM  (Map)
The City of Columbia Heights has over 66 miles of water main, with most of the mains installed as the city developed, making them 40-60 years old or older. Prior to the mid 1960’s, pipe interiors were not coated, allowing water to be in contact with the iron pipe.  As a result, rust can form and build up over time. When particles of this rust break off discolored or red water may occur.  To correct this, the City of Columbia Heights began a water main cleaning and lining program.   The water mains listed below will be cleaned and structurally lined.  This process cleans the interior of the water main and then installs a thin liner on the inside of the pipe.  This provides a barrier to water contacting the iron pipe, which limits rust formation and significantly reduces discolored or red water.  It also provides a structural component to reduce the potential for water main breaks.  In 2022 the following water main will be structurally lined. 

  • 37th Avenue NE, Central Avenue to Lincoln Street
  • Pierce Street NE, 37th Avenue to cul-de-sac
  • Lincoln NE, 37th Avenue to cul-de-sac

The construction will consist of setting up a temporary water service, removal of bituminous and concrete surfaces at key hydrant and gate valve locations, lining of water main, reconnection of water services and restoration.

2022 SANITARY SEWER CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM  (Map of work on Central Ave)
Sanitary sewer manholes along Central Avenue from 37th Avenue to 45th Avenue are deteriorating.  The manholes were constructed in the 1950s with brick.  The manholes and small sections of pipe will be replaced as part of this construction.

In addition, the sanitary sewer main on 40th Avenue from University Avenue to Central Avenue will be cleaned and lined.

2021 Construction Projects
Construction projects undertaken during 2021 are listed below.  The projects are substantially complete with only punch list/warranty items remaining.

2021 STREET REHABILITATION AND WATER MAIN IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM  (Area Map)

1.  ZONES 4B AND 5 - NW QUADRANT OF CITY

Zone 4B Street Rehabilitation
Partial Street Reconstruction

  • 4th Street NE                           48th Avenue to 53rd Avenue                          
  • 5th Street NE                           48th Avenue to 49th Avenue                          
  • 5th Street NE                           51st Avenue to 53rd Avenue                          
  • 6th Street NE                           48th Avenue to 50th Avenue                          
  • 6th Street NE                           51st Avenue to 52nd Avenue  

Mill and Overlay

  • 7th Street NE                                48th Avenue to 52nd Avenue
  • Washington Street NE           48th Avenue to 51st Avenue
  • Madison Street NE                  48th Avenue to 51st Avenue

Zone 5 Street Rehabilitation
Mill and Overlay

  • 6th Street NE                               47th Avenue to 48th Avenue
  • Washington Street NE          44th Avenue to 46th Avenue  
2.  2021 SEAL COAT PROGRAM, ZONE 3B – NE QUADRANT OF CITY    

3.  2021 WATER MAIN CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM
  • Buchanan Street NE, 37th Avenue to 39th Avenue
  • 39th Avenue NE, Buchanan Street to Johnson Street
  • Johnson Street NE, 37th Avenue to 39th Avenue

Future Construction Projects

37th Avenue Reconstruction: Central Avenue to Stinson Boulevard
The cities of Columbia Heights and Minneapolis have received funding to help support the complete reconstruction of 37th Avenue from Central Avenue to Stinson Boulevard. The future construction would include a new street section, utility replacement, sidewalk and/or trails and storm water. The addition of street lighting is also being evaluated.  Construction is tentatively scheduled for 2023.  
 
53rd Avenue Safety Improvements: Central Avenue to Sullivan Lake Park 

The cities of Columbia Heights and Fridley have received funding to help support the roadway improvements consisting of a raised concrete median, a modified roundabout, new pavement, and a paved trail connecting to Sullivan Lake Park from Central Avenue.  Construction is tentatively scheduled for 2023.

53rd Avenue Multimodal Improvements: Sullivan Lake Park to University Avenue 
The cities of Columbia Heights and Fridley have received funding to help support the roadway and pedestrian/bicycle improvements consisting of relocation of the south curb and gutter with combination of   new pavement/overlay and a paved trail.  Construction is tentatively scheduled for 2023.

44th Avenue Mill and Overlay:  University Avenue to Central Avenue
The proposed construction would consist of milling off 3” of bituminous pavement across the entire street surface and paving a new 3” bituminous mat. Existing concrete curb and gutter would be preserved except for sections with poor drainage or that are considered to be a hazard to the snowplows.   Pedestrian ramps will be reconstructed to meet current ADA standards.

University Avenue Trail and Decorative Fence, 37th to 40th Avenues (east)
With recent redevelopment, part of this segment does have paved bituminous trail or concrete sidewalk and a decorative fence north of 37th Avenue. This project would complete the pedestrian connection up to 40th Avenue along with similar fencing to provide separation from University Avenue. 

Central Avenue Safety Improvements Phase II: 43rd to 47th Avenues
This project would continue the safety improvements installed in the 2016 project from 47th to 51st Avenues. Work would include new LED street and pedestrian lighting, new sidewalks, new signage and minor right-of-way acquisition. Staff is pursuing funding to help support the estimated $1.7 million dollar project cost.  There is currently no timeline for construction. 

Wargo Court Master Plan
Wargo Court is a mini-park located at the northwest corner of Central Avenue and 41st Avenue. No major work has been performed at Wargo Court in over 30 years, focusing only on maintaining the park. The primary park feature is the fountain, which is beyond repair and in need of replacement.  The electrical serving the site is undersized and old and trips repeatedly. The site amenities such as the retaining walls and landscaping are dilapidated and in need of a complete replacement. 

The Park and Recreation Commission has completed master planning of six (6) parks, culminating in the reconstruction of each of these parks. The intent of a Master Plan is to provide a detailed plan of the entire park for redevelopment. Therefore, it is the desire of the Park and Recreation Commission and City staff to have a detailed working plan to rehabilitate or rebuild elements of the park in phases, as funding becomes available.