- Elm Creek Stream Restoration Phase V
- D.C. Chandler Park Improvements
- Mississippi Drive Area Street and Utility Improvements
- 2023 Street and Utility Improvements
Construction Duration: December 2023 - February 2024
The City has been working to restore the Elm Creek stream bank and provide native habitat improvements. The final phase of the project includes 2,500 lineal feet of stream and extends the restoration of Elm Creek from the Elm Creek Crossing bridge upstream (west) to Hayden Lake. Stream bank improvement work began in December 2023 and includes restoration of the riparian areas of the creek through February 2024. Native planting buffers will be constructed to filter sediment and nutrients from directly running into the creek. Elm Creek is an impaired waterway, and projects like this one incorporate improvements to habitat, water quality, and flood control. This project opens opportunities to improve public recreation like kayaking and fishing. Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).
Trail Closure: December 2023 - February 2024
Construction Duration: October 2023 - June 2024
As a continuation of the Mississippi Crossings development project, City Council approved an expansion of the parking lot at D.C. Chandler Park. The work includes the construction of a parking lot with 112 additional spaces and installation of landscaping, irrigation, lighting, and trails. The contractor completed tree removal and grading in October 2023. They also removed the existing pavement and tennis courts. Due to cold temperatures and early snowfall, work at D.C. Chandler paused. Curb work and paving will take place in 2024 along with final topsoil, grade, and seed. Please note, the park and surrounding area will be closed all winter (including pedestrian traffic), barricades will remain in place. View the map below.
Construction Duration: Summer 2024
The project consists of street and utility improvements to neighborhoods near or on Mississippi Drive, south of Shores Park, east of West River Road, down to Vera Cruz Ave. This area of streets has been deteriorating over time, due to traffic load and general wear and tear. Extensive potholes and patching have been completed in recent years to keep the road from getting worse. The streets total of approximately 3.4 miles and were constructed between 1984 and 1989.
Construction Duration: April 2023 - September 2023
The project consisted of street and utility improvements to the neighborhoods east of TH 169, north of 109th Ave, south of 114th St, and west of Maryland Ave. These streets are part of the Westwood North Addition, Southland Acres Addition, Lunds Addition, Bartusch Addition, and Helmer Addition plats. A total of approximately 6.6 miles and were constructed between 1982 - 1985. Maryland Ave is a Municipal State Aid Roadway and was milled and overlaid in 2001. The contractor divided the project area into five different phases to reduce the duration of impacts to residents.
Northland Park Improvements
Improvements started at Northland Park in 2023 and will resume in 2024. Crews have installed new storm sewer infrastructure and removed the existing trail. Weather permitting, they will grade the trail and add gravel. After grading and compaction testing, it will be paved.
- Will I always have access to my driveway?
Access to all properties will be maintained for the vast majority of this project. However, there may be times during the day when you may not be able to access your driveway due to utility repairs, street paving, or other work, but generally access will be provided at the end of each day. With that being said, access may be unavailable for approximately seven days following any concrete curb or driveway replacement work. Residents will be provided notification when possible during the project when access to their homes will be restricted.
- Can I park on the street?
During construction, we will ask that all residents refrain from parking on the street. There are certain construction activities, i.e. curb replacement, where you will be required to park on the street. We will notify you prior to curb placement and let you know where you can park.
- Will delivery or removal service be disrupted (mail service, UPS/FedEx/Amazon, and garbage services)?
The City will coordinate with the Post Office, delivery services, and garbage service during periods of limited access if deemed necessary.
- Where will I be able to pick up my mail?
During construction, most residents will be using temporary mailboxes located at the outside the project limits. Upon the completion of the project, mailboxes will be replaced or reinstalled as necessary.
- How will the school bus pick up my children?
The City will coordinate with the bus company to determine if an alternate pick‐up location is required during construction. If a new location is required, the affected residents will be notified.