A welcome change for Blooming Prairie's downtown businesses
Steele County and the city of Blooming Prairie completed a $2.7 million reconstruction project in 2015 that impacted Main Street, also known as County Road 42. The project covered a 1/2 mile from CSAH 41 (Center Avenue) on the west end to Fifth Ave. E on the east end.
According to Mike Jones, Blooming Prairie’s city administrator, the city was approached by the county some 25 years before this project with an offer to reconstruct the road. At the time, though, the city didn’t have the funds to replace utilities so the project was deferred. Over the years, the roadway deteriorated significantly, so much so that that the city went back to the county saying it could no longer maintain the road, riddled with potholes.
The decision was made to do a full reconstruction that included replacing the roadway, lead pipes, the water main, the sanitary sewer and sidewalks; installing storm sewers; adding diagonal parking downtown, and upgrading street lights.
The total project cost was $2.625 million. The city’s portion for utilities and parking lanes was approximately $955,000. The county’s portion for the storm sewer and concrete roadway was about $1.670 million.
A unique challenge of the project was working around the deteriorating downtown buildings. Vibration monitoring was required to ensure none was damaged.
May - September 2015
• Concrete depth: 6” West of TH 218 (Highway Ave); 7” east of TH 218 near the grain elevator
• Total concrete placed: 2,100 CY for roadway; 915 CY for curb, gutter, and sidewalks; 55 CY of that was color in concrete.
Owner: City of Blooming Prairie, Steele County
Project designers: Stonebrooke and Stantec
Prime contractor: Elcor Construction of Rochester
Concrete contractor: Doyle Connor Co.
Ready Mix producer: Austin Ready Mix