Chowen Park A & B Neighborhood Roadway Reconstruction

Chowen Park A & B Neighborhood Roadway Reconstruction updates will be hosted on this project page. Check back for updates!

This project includes complete reconstruction of the roadway pavement, full installation of concrete curb and gutter, complete replacement of watermain and water services, improvements to the sanitary sewer and storm sewer systems, paving the gravel alleys and construction of a 5-foot boulevard-style concrete sidewalk on the east side of Beard Avenue between West 60th Street and West 58th Street.


Chowen Park A & B Neighborhood Roadway Reconstruction updates will be hosted on this project page. Check back for updates!

This project includes complete reconstruction of the roadway pavement, full installation of concrete curb and gutter, complete replacement of watermain and water services, improvements to the sanitary sewer and storm sewer systems, paving the gravel alleys and construction of a 5-foot boulevard-style concrete sidewalk on the east side of Beard Avenue between West 60th Street and West 58th Street.


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If this is an emergency, please dial 911. If you have an urgent, project related matter, please contact our after hours non-emergency line at 952-826-1600.


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  • For those residents who had driveway sections replaced with new concrete, how many days should they wait before they can safely park on them?

    Mark Daum asked about 1 month ago

    Once the concrete has gained sufficient strength, typically 4-5 days, it is safe to drive on the new concrete. During the curing period when you were not able to drive on the driveway the contractor either left ribbon or barricades blocking the driveway and also did not build a small ramp over the bump of the curb. Once the barricade or ribbon is removed and the contractor has built a small ramp to assist getting over the 4-6" drop at the edge of the curb you can drive on your new driveway.

  • When will we receive word on the timing of the first layer of paving on Ewing?

    Ann asked about 1 month ago

    Ewing and Drew are tentatively scheduled for paving on July 22nd.

    Derek Northenscold

  • I live on Ewing Ave and a few of my neighbors and I are curious to find out why our road is looking like it is almost 2 feet narrower than it previously was. It appears on each side of the block the curbing was put in a foot closer narrowing the street making it difficult to get around parked cars etc...

    clundeen21 asked about 2 months ago

    Ewing Avenue is being narrowed slightly with the project. The new road will be 28' wide as is the standard in Edina for this type of street. The current state of the road will make the road seem extremely narrow as vehicles aren't able to park on the curb. Once the first layer of bituminous is installed you will be able to better see the width and how it will work. If you would like, York and Zenith are both paved and are the exact same width to give you a better perspective.

    Derek

  • Can the City confirm if there is any resident within this project that has a sump pump to connect to the blue/green pipe the crew is putting in? We have perfect sandy soil. The area was not a former swamp. Why is this pipe needed? Are residents expected to pay this expense if it is not needed due to a City directive?

    Mark Daum asked 3 months ago

    The sump drain that is being installed is paid for from the stormwater fund and is not being assessed back to the residents.

    There are several houses throughout the neighborhood that have sump pumps, yard drains and gutters that will now have the option to connect to the sump drain system. This allows for more control over storm runoff but also allows for the infrastructure to be concealed underground and not having a pipe running through a homes lawn.

    There are also several areas, located on private property, that residents have brought to our attention are prone to flooding during heavier rain fall events and the spring melt. This system will allow residents to possibly work together and install systems that would connect to the sump system and would mitigate these yard flooding.

    Derek

  • Do you know how long the temporary water connection will last on Drew? I didn’t realize until this weekend that it meant I couldn’t use a hose to water my front lawn/gardens. It shouldn’t be a problem for a little while because we’ve been getting so much rain, but it will be a challenge to water my gardens by watering can when/if we get to the warmer weeks of summer. Thank you!

    Julie Strother asked 3 months ago

    The temporary water system will be connected to your house for 2-3 weeks. The quicker you are to respond to the contractor when they are unhooking the temporary water system the quicker you will be disconnected and supplied through the new watermain.

    Derek

  • Do you have email contact info for CenterPoint Energy?

    Will D asked 3 months ago

    Questions and concerns regarding the CenterPoint Energy project being completed by Michels should be directed to CenterPoint Energy. Here is a link to the CenterPoint Energy project page.

    https://www.centerpointenergy.com/en-us/InYourCommunity/Pages/ConstructionZoneProjectSites/Edina-Abbot-Avenue-S-and-59th-Street-W-Neighborhood.aspx?sa=mn&au=bus

    Derek

  • Has the schedule been finalized, including alleys? If so, could you please post.

    carleyfarrell asked 3 months ago

    The schedule is widely dependent on CenterPoint Energy's project that is also ongoing in the project area. For example, York and Zenith both have the underground utility work completed and are simply waiting to build the road section but this can't be done until CenterPoint completes the service work on these streets. The difficult part is some days they have 2 crews onsite and some days they only have 1 crew. The other delay is CenterPoint needs to work with residents to schedule this work. To hopefully expedite this process they have been authorized to work on Saturdays to hopefully accommodate residents with busier schedules during the week.

    The best option for staying updated on the schedule is to check back here once or twice a week for any schedule updates.

    Derek

  • I'm moving into a rental on Ewing early to mid-June. Any estimates on road closures or paving? I'll need my moving truck to get my items to the house.

    Fran asked 4 months ago

    There are days when you will have access to be able to drive a moving truck down Ewing and there are days where that won't be possible at all. The best course of action for this would be to contact me and I can assist with coordinating your move on a day that works for you and our contractor.

    Derek

  • My water spigot is on the inside of my house (in the basement). It will need to be converted for outside access. I called several weeks ago, but was told I was calling too early. At what point should I call the vendor?

    JDuncan asked 4 months ago

    If your house does not have a water spigot on the exterior of the house let the contractor know when you call to schedule your temporary water connection. You will be notified how and when to schedule the connection by a flyer which will placed on your front door. They work with a licensed plumber to make the connection and will have him add the spigot if necessary.

    Derek

  • Your response to the irrigation question is a bit confusing to me. You say that "There isn't really a need to mark your irrigation system or notify me that you have one"...yet CenterPoint is leaving notices with homeowners that they must notify their construction crew of sprinkler lines, invisible fences, etc. else they won't be liable for damages to the lines. Seems like a bit of a mixed message? Or are CenterPoint's needs difference than yours?

    Schuh house asked 4 months ago

    While it may seem like these projects are together, they are not. These are two different projects and the needs of Centerpoint's contractor may differ from those of the City. If you have any additional questions in regards to their work, you may reach out to them. 

  • My home is on the east side of York Ave just north of 59th. I have an irrigation system and would like to know if I can have it turned on for the season. Will the construction include replacement of curbs and digging up the several feet of lawn adjacent to York? If so, 1) Do I have to notify the city that I have an irrigation system? And 2) will the city reimburse me for any damage to the irrigation system?

    chezmike asked 4 months ago

    There isn't really a need to mark your irrigation system or notify me that you have one. The contractor will dig through the irrigation system and repair it towards the end of the project. After it is cut they will plug or cap the end of the exposed pipe so that the rest of the system can still function. It is beneficial if you are able to turn off the damaged zone but if not, don't worry and feel free to use your system as you would normally.

    All repairs are made by the City of Edina contractor and they will work with you to make sure the system is not leaking, functions properly and you have 100% coverage of your lawn.

  • My gas meter is inside our house. And there is a finished wall built around it. There is access, but probably not enough to switch it out. Who should I contact? ... or should I wait until the gas crew is here to discuss? 5813 Drew

    Mark Daum asked 4 months ago

    Questions and concerns regarding the CenterPoint Energy project being completed by Michels should be directed to CenterPoint Energy. Here is a link to the CenterPoint Energy project page.

    https://www.centerpointenergy.com/en-us/InYourCommunity/Pages/ConstructionZoneProjectSites/Edina-Abbot-Avenue-S-and-59th-Street-W-Neighborhood.aspx?sa=mn&au=bus

  • Will the schedule be posted for those of us that have a conflict and are unable to attend the meeting tonight? Thank you!

    Julie Strother asked 5 months ago

    We are still waiting on a few items from CenterPoint Energy until we can finalize our schedule. Currently the contractor is working on York Ave and Zenith Ave and will continue to work west. I will post a schedule on here once it is finalized in the next couple of weeks.

  • Will there be another meeting on this project? If so, can we request a police spokesperson or officer to be in attendance? Specifically, many of my neighbors have expressed concerns regarding their cars being parked on the street the evenings when we will not be able to return to our homes. There have been a number of break-ins in the Chowen Park area, and it would seem our cars might be at risk. We are hoping the police will make regular patrols of the neighborhood these nights.

    Mark Daum asked 5 months ago

    Yes, there will be another meeting. The project kickoff meeting is typically held just prior construction starting. The invite for this meeting will be mailed out around March 29th and the information will also be available on here.

    I will certainly reach out to the Edina Police Department to invite them to the kickoff meeting. I do notify the police department when we ask residents to park on the streets overnight. Notifying them lets them know not to ticket the vehicles and to patrol an area a bit more since there are vehicles parked outside of the view of the owners.

  • How long will my street typically be under construction?

    5 months ago

    Typically it is 6-8 weeks once the contractor starts removals.

    - Derek Northenscold