Gaylord's downtown gleams after street reconstruction project

Gaylord, Minn. is a town of 2300 residents, located about 40 miles north of Mankato. Three state highways come together in the heart of the city: 5, 19 and 22. The highways leading into and within downtown were more than 50 years old, and the utilities underneath them close to 80 years old in 2008, when the project was scheduled by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).

City Engineer Justin Black, P.E. of SEH worked closely with both MnDOT and the city to prepare a scoping reporting identifying infrastructure improvements and dreams for a downtown streetscape, improved walkability and lighting, better parking, and stormwater management. The reconstruction kicked off in 2014 and was completed in 2015. Overall, the project involved 1.5 miles of street and highway reconstruction and just over a mile of underground utility work. Now that the complex project is done, the city council and residents are very pleased.

"We think it's going to be a showcase; it's the first thing people see when they come into town." said Kevin McCann, city administrator. "To see all of this come together in the end has been a great experience for me, and I think it's been a great experience for the community."

Project dates

May 2014 to August 2015

Project details

Total cost of the project: $10.2M; MnDOT Trunk Highway Funds amounted to $6.9 million and the city’s portion was $3.3 million.

The trunk highway pavement section consisted of 8.5 inches of concrete, 6 inches of aggregate base, and 18 inches of select granular embankment.
The city street pavement section consisted of 7 inches of concrete, 6 inches of aggregate base and 18 inches select granular embankment.


Owner: MnDOT
Project engineer: Justin Black, P.E., SEH
General contractor: William Mueller & Sons
Concrete subcontractor: Hoffman Concrete
Ready mix producer: Cemstone

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