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City plans for 2014 street projects

While spring may seem a long way away, the Rosemount City Council is already thinking ahead to construction season. During last week’s council meeting, the city council approved its 2014 street improvements project and authorized the preparation of plans.

City engineer Phil Olson said this year’s plans include work on Shannon Parkway between Connemara Trail and 145th Street in the Carrollton second addition southwest of Shannon and Dodd Boulevard and work to 145th Street from Dodd to the railroad tracks east of city hall.

The city will make mill and overlay improvements to the Shannon Parkway section, the local streets in the Carrollton second addition and 145th Street. Storm sewer improvements are planned for Dodd Boulevard and Covington Avenue.

The focus of mill and overlay projects is to preserve roads for the long term. Engineering staff identifies roads based on something called the Overall Condition Index. Many of the roads identified for mill and overlay improvements were originally built in the mid- to late 1980s.

Lastly, the proposed project includes seal coat on the roads in the Glendalough third additions; 145th Street from Diamond Path to Shannon Parkway; 156th Street from Shannon Parkway to Claret Avenue; Columbia Court; Columbary Court; Cornell Trail from Shannon Parkway to Claret Avenue; Crestone Path; Crestone Court; Cornell Court and Lower 147th Court.

While the city council approved the feasibility report, council member Jeff Weisensel expressed concerns that some of the project areas could wait until later. The council will discuss what parts of the proposed improvements to go with at a future work session.

Additionally, residents will have an opportunity to weigh in before the project is approved. Olson said the city will likely take comments in May.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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