City of Wells shows preference for concrete in 2013 project

The City of Wells and Faribault County completed a $1.64 million street and utility reconstruction project on County State Aid Highway 62 in September 2013.

Wells City Engineer Travis Winter, of Bolton and Menk, Inc., said the city decided to reconstruct with concrete because of needed infrastructure work (water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer replacement) below the roadway. Wells has historically preferred concrete streets, Winter said, citing concrete’s longer life expectancy. Faribault County Engineer Mark Daly said he expects the reconstructed concrete road to last 40 to 50 years with minimal maintenance required. Daly also said given soil conditions in Southern Minnesota (great for crops, but not so great for roads), concrete can be a cost-effective alternative to bituminous.

The project’s total cost was $1.64 million. Faribault County paid about $1.2 million from its Municipal State Aid Account, which is funded in part by the state’s gas tax, motor vehicle fees and motor vehicle sales tax.  The city’s paid about $620,000 from its sewer and water funds.

Project Dates

May 2013-September 2013

Project details

The concrete depth was seven inches with six inches of Class 5 aggregate sub-base. The total project length was a half a mile, and the total concrete that was placed was 2,533 cubic yards of roadway, curb and gutter.

Team

Owner: City of Wells and Faribault County

Project Designers: Bolton and Menk, Fairmont

Prime Contractor: GM Contracting Inc., Lake Crystal

Concrete contractor: Hoffman Concrete, Mankato

Ready Mix Concrete Producer: Cemstone, Wells

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