Roseville Council Approves County Road D Project
Reconstruction of a deteriorated roadway from Lexington Avenue to Victoria Street set to begin in May.
The Roseville City Council on Monday night approved reconstructing a deteriorated section of County Road D that stretches from Lexington Avenue to Victoria Street.
The project, which Roseville will share constructing with neighboring Shoreview, will include a continuous sidewalk on the south side of the road.
Roseville City Engineer Deb Bloom said the project will go out for bids in February; construction is expected to begin in May and be completed by October.
Roseville's share of the project will cost $994,000 with $552,000 in funding coming from municipal state aid money, $139,000 in assessments paid by abutting property owners, $232,000 from utilty funds and $70,000 from the city's general funds.
County Road D between Lexington Avenue and Victoria Street is considered to be in marginal condition, "with pavement showing signs of distress with many cracks and severe oxidation," the city said in a recent weekly news update.
Besides asphalt for the new roadway, the project will include new concrete curb and gutter, watermain and new storm sewer facilities.
The project will also include constructing a concrete sidewalk on the south side of the street, the most controversial part of the proposal. The City said it had received a petition from 11 of the 20 Roseville property owners along County Road D requesting that the proposed sidewalk not be constructed.
During the public hearing, some residents told the Council that they considered the sidewalk unnecessary since there is one already on the north side of the road. One of the residents, Brian Stenquist, objected partly because of what he called high assessments on the project.
But a couple of other residents favored constructing the south-side sidewalk, saying it would help promote safety for nearby Emmet D. Williams Elementary School, a city park and a local church, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection.
Initially, councilman Bob Willmus spoke in favor of approving the project without the additional sidewalk.
But after further discussion and a couple of votes, the council unanimously approved the project, including the sidewalk.