2016 Street Construction Project

As part of the City’s annual Long Range Plan update, City Staff recently updated the proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP) through the year 2024.  A major goal of this plan is to maintain and improve the City’s streets and underground utilities in an organized and consistent manner so that improvements are cost effective and major work is not deferred to the future. The proposed 2016 Street Improvements are included in this program.

A-1 Excavating is the contractor for this project.  They have successfully performed similar street reconstruction projects for surrounding communities including Mora, Rush City, and Pine City.  They plan to begin work on the project the week of April 18th and finish the entire project in September. Work is planned to start on the south end of Cleveland Street St 11th Avenue, and then proceed north. 3rd Avenue SW and Fillmore Street are proposed after Cleveland Street work.

The project consists of reconstructing the streets and underground utilities located on S. Cleveland Street from 2nd Ave. SE to 11th Ave. SE, S. Fillmore Street from 2nd Ave. SE to 3rd Ave. SE, 3rd Avenue SE  from S. Cleveland St. to S. Garfield St., and N. McKinley Street from Highway 95 to 2nd Ave. NE

In addition to A-1 Excavating's employees, the City will also have a Resident Project Representative (RPR) (Zach Schmitz) from SEH, the City’s Engineering firm, on-site full time during construction.  Zach will be observing the construction and will also act as a liaison between the contractor and the property owners.

Proposed Improvements: The entire project area will be reconstructed including replacing the underground sanitary sewer, water main and storm sewer and also constructing a new street with sidewalk and uniform lighting.

Construction Process: The construction process will follow this general pattern: Pulverizing the existing pavement, removing the existing curb, replacing underground sanitary sewer, water main, and services to lots, replacing and installing some new storm sewer, grading for the new street, installation of curb & gutter, asphalt base course paving, sidewalk installation,  sod restoration and then final asphalt wearing course paving.  Private utilities (gas, electric, phone and cable TV) will also be performing some work on their facilities during the project. 

Pulverizing existing pavement: The contractor will move in a machine to “grind” the existing street section into gravel in most areas.  This gravel material will then be salvaged for use on the project.  After this is done, any existing concrete curb that needs to be replaced will be removed.

City utility work: Once the existing gravel is salvaged, the contractor will then start to replace the City’s underground utilities (sanitary sewer, water main and storm sewer).  Typically, that is the order in which they are placed.  During this time, you will have continual sanitary sewer service and experience minimal disturbance to your water service when a temporary water service is attached to your home/business.  This will take place prior to the removal of the existing water main.  The contractor is required to construct the temporary system and must rinse, chlorinate, flush and test the temporary system prior to hook up.  The temporary system will be connected to your home/business through an outside spigot.  The contractor and RPR will work directly with you to set up a time to switch you over to the temporary system and back to your regular service once that time comes.  Again, notice will be given prior to any water service disturbance.  Once the main line utilities are in, the contractor will install the service lines to your property.

Grading and curb & gutter: When all the underground utilities are constructed, another crew will start grading the road and preparing it for gravel.  The contractor will then place enough gravel to be able to construct the concrete curb and gutter.  It will take the new curb about 5-6 days to become strong enough to drive over.  You will be given notice when the curb and gutter is to be installed, and the contractor can review access alternatives with you.  Some wider drives will likely be done half at a time to maintain business access. After the concrete curb has cured, the contractor will back fill behind the curb to protect it. Sidewalk construction will follow the curb construction as soon as possible.

Asphalt base course paving: After the curb has cured, the first layer of blacktop pavement will be placed. 

Restoration: The contractor will begin to grade behind the curb after the curb has cured to match your property to the curb elevation.  Topsoil and sod will be then be done. If you had a tree removed, you will have the option of having it replaced at this time. It is very important to water the sod so that it takes root and survives.  The Contractor will help water it for the first three weeks, but after that it is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain.  Please help water your sod so it survives!

Final asphalt wearing course paving: After the restoration work is complete, street signs will be installed and the final lift of blacktop pavement will be placed.   

Private utility work: A number of utilities (gas, electric, phone, cable, etc.) will be replaced or relocated throughout this year’s project area.  This work is necessary for the proposed utility and street construction.  The private utilities will have their own crews or will hire their own subcontractors to do this work.  

Access: A major concern during these projects is access to properties during construction.  The contractor will coordinate with you to provide access for employees, customers and deliveries.  Every effort will be made to provide a continuous level of access during the construction process, however, there will be times when some properties will not have access to their driveways.  This will occur when the contractor is working directly in front of the property and during/following the concrete curb and driveway construction.  The typical interruption may last for part of a day and the contractor will contact the property/business owner prior to disruption of access to coordinate alternatives.  Once the concrete curb/ driveways have been constructed, they will require 5-6 days of cure time before vehicles can drive on them-some of these may need to be done half at a time. 

Communication and cooperation will help this project be successful for all. If you have any special events scheduled, please contact a representative below prior to the event and we can work with the contractor to coordinate access. If you experience any disruption in services (water, power, phone, etc.) during the construction period, please contact someone on the list below right away.  The sooner we are aware of an issue with service, the sooner we can work with the contractor or utility company to correct the disruption.

Cambridge 2015 Street Project Contact Numbers  
SEH On-site Project Representative:  Zach Schmitz 763.744.7808 (Cell Phone)
Cambridge Public Works Director:  Todd Schwab  763.689.1800 (Office)
SEH City Engineer: Todd Blank (tblank@sehinc.com)  651-490-2017 (Office & voice mail)
A-1 Excavating Project Superintendent: Brad Nielsen 715.598.4141 Ext 19 (Office)


Entire Street Project

Click here to download information on the Main Street work that started on Monday, June 6, 2016