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Posted on: December 7, 2017

South 6th Street Reconstruction Project Public Informational Process

Through many years of planning, design, and environmental work, the City of Brainerd has teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to reconstruct South Sixth Street in the spring/summer/fall of 2018.  The project consists of a full replacement of all City utilities including the sanitary sewer and the watermain, signal lights, corridor lighting, storm sewer, and surfacing. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is the lead entity working with Tom’s Backhoe Service as the Prime Contractor on the project to complete the work.  City of Brainerd staff will be working directly with MnDOT staff to install the City utilities before the surfacing work takes place.

Prep Work Has Begun

Prep work on the project has already begun, with the Prime Contractor performing tree removals in the fall of 2017 due to the presence of the Northern Long Eared Bat.  The contractor is also performing minor grading of drainage ditches near the intersection of Willow Street and Cedar Street for future storm sewer outfalls.  Major construction is planned to begin as early as April 2018.

Access to all businesses and residences will be maintained throughout the project.  A public open house meeting geared towards local businesses impacted in any way by the construction will take place in February/March of 2018.  At this open house, the businesses will be able to review construction plans, detours, and meet/greet MnDOT, City, and Contractor staff that will be on the project.  24-hour access contact information will also be available to businesses that encounter access issues during construction.  The Contractor is required to provide a 24-hour contact for any access issues.

Public/Business Open Houses

A public open house will also be held in March 2018 that will be geared not only to local businesses, but also the public that are interested in the project.  The same information will be available to the public such as plans, detours, and the meet/greet.

During construction, there will be public weekly or biweekly coffee and chat with the MnDOT project manager, Joe Cameron.  During this time, Mr. Cameron will respond to any questions or concerns brought forth by the public.  The meetings will take place, depending on size, at local establishments near the project.

Sign-up for Updates!

MnDOT and the City of Brainerd strongly encourage anyone interested or remotely effected by this project sign up for MnDOT’s project updates.  You can do this by going to http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d3/brd/ and clicking on the “Project Email Updates” link on the webpage.  Here, you simply enter in your email address or phone number and hit continue (depending on how you would like to receive updates).  You will be directed to a page to select what you would like notifications for.  Simply scroll to Construction Projects->Central MN (MnDOT District 3)->Hwy371B/South Sixth Street Brainerd: 2018 Construction.  Anytime there is a detour update or major happening on the project, you will receive a news release via email or text related to the project.  News releases will also be posted in local newspapers.  With signing up for this service, you will also receive notification of the public open house meetings.

Project Contacts:

Joe Cameron, MnDOT Construction Project Manager: joseph.cameron@state.mn.us, 218-828-5740 (cell 218-232-6718)

Tony Hughes, MnDOT Construction Resident Engineer: tony.hughes@state.mn.us, 218-828-5735

Paul Sandy, City Engineer: psandy@ci.brainerd.mn.us, 218-454-3411

James Fladung, Assistant City Engineer: jfladung@ci.brainerd.mn.us, 218-454-3410

Steve Merten, Tom’s Backhoe Service, Inc. Project Manager, 218-828-4232

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