Melody Lake A & B, Birchcrest C and Grandview A Neighborhood Roadway Reconstruction

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Melody Lake A & B, Birchcrest C and Grandview A Neighborhood Roadway Reconstruction updates will be hosted on this project page. Check back for updates!

This project, scheduled for construction in 2021, includes:

  • Complete reconstruction of the asphalt pavement,
  • Complete reconstruction of the concrete pavement with asphalt pavement,
  • Full installation or replacement of concrete curb and gutter,
  • Complete replacement of watermain and water services,
  • Improvements to the sanitary sewer and storm sewer systems, and
  • Construction of a 5-foot concrete sidewalk along
    • Hansen Road between West 60th Street and West 56th Street, and
    • West 56th Street between Hanson Road and Normandale Road

Melody Lake A & B, Birchcrest C and Grandview A Neighborhood Roadway Reconstruction updates will be hosted on this project page. Check back for updates!

This project, scheduled for construction in 2021, includes:

  • Complete reconstruction of the asphalt pavement,
  • Complete reconstruction of the concrete pavement with asphalt pavement,
  • Full installation or replacement of concrete curb and gutter,
  • Complete replacement of watermain and water services,
  • Improvements to the sanitary sewer and storm sewer systems, and
  • Construction of a 5-foot concrete sidewalk along
    • Hansen Road between West 60th Street and West 56th Street, and
    • West 56th Street between Hanson Road and Normandale Road
  • Utility Upgrades

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    06 Apr 2021

    Consider upgrading your service pipes and connecting your sump pump to the City’s storm sewer system

    Service Pipes

    Now may be the time to upgrade your sanitary sewer and water service pipes. Homeowners are responsible for the sanitary sewer pipe from the main in the road to the house and the water service pipe from the water shut-off valve to the house. Upgrading private service pipes is not required as part of the project; however, the age and condition of the City-owned utilities suggests that your service pipes may be nearing the end of their useful life. To find more information on this topic, please see utility upgrade letter.

    Sump Drain Connection

    Sump drain pipes will be installed behind the new curbs where feasible. If you have a sump pump that discharges into the street or the boulevard, we encourage you to connect it to the new sump drain pipe after it is installed. To find more information on this topic, please see utility upgrade letter.


  • CenterPoint Energy Construction Update

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    25 Mar 2021

    Please see the following updates relating to the CenterPoint Energy gas main and service replacement project.

    1. CenterPoint Energy’s contractor, Michels Corporation, is scheduled to begin gas main installation on March 29.
    2. This work is occurring to replace old gas main and services prior to the City’s Melody Lake Reconstruction Project.
    3. Work is anticipated to begin on the following streets:
      • Grove Street between Hansen Road and Tingdale Avenue
      • Code Avenue between Grove Street and West 60th Street
      • Windsor Avenue
    4. Work will continue on the majority of the remaining streets later in the spring.
    5. City staff will only be onsite for this work periodically to ensure the gas main is not placed in the way of our future infrastructure.
    6. For additional gas main and service replacement information and updates please visit CenterPoint Energy’s project web page.

    CenterPoint Energy Melody Lake Website

    Thank you.

  • Project Update

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    16 Mar 2021

    Recall the December 2020 Public Hearing presented an estimated $24,200 assessment including subcuts. Preliminary assessments were not approved at that time, and the Hearing was closed but City Council had up to six months to decide on assessments.

    At the March 13 City Council Retreat, Council supported removing subcuts and public retaining walls from assessments for the 2021 street reconstruction projects. At the April 6 City Council Meeting, staff will bring a revised assessment policy to reflect those changes. The December 2020 Engineering Study estimated assessment without subcuts was $17,200 per REU. At the April 20 City Council Meeting, if we receive reasonable bids, staff intends to ask Council to approve the $17,200 preliminary assessment amount and award a construction contract to the low bidder.

    Continue to check this website for updates as we open bids and ask Council to revise the assessment policy, adopt preliminary assessments and award a construction contract.

    Additional Background

    The Street Funding Task Force recently completed their work and presented two recommendations to fund street reconstruction. The work of the task force can be found here https://www.bettertogetheredina.org/street-funding-task-force. Along with the funding recommendations, they also recommended removing subcuts and public retaining walls immediately from assessments. This topic was also discussed at the March 13 City Council Retreat.

    At the retreat, in addition to facilitating a discussion on how street reconstruction is funded, staff presented the schedule and assessment concerns for the 2021 projects. The projects are Melody Lake and Creek Knoll. Staff voiced concerns that without removing subcuts and public retaining walls now, the street reconstruction program would have to be delayed until a decision is made. If Council supports removing subcuts and public retaining walls now, the 2021 street reconstruction projects could most likely continue if we receive reasonable bids.

  • Project Update

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    17 Dec 2020

    The City Council authorized the design and contractor bidding phase for the project on December 15, including concrete sidewalks along Hansen Road and West 56th Street between Hansen Road and Normandale Road. This authorization does not include special assessments. The discussion about potential assessments will continue for up to 6 months until staff can bring back more information to the City Council.

    The proposed West 56th Street sidewalk east of Code Avenue will be designed with a 2-3’ grass boulevard between the existing concrete curb and gutter and the sidewalk, with the front edge of the sidewalk on the back edge of the existing concrete driveway aprons. No modifications are proposed to the existing 27’ wide roadway, concrete curb and gutter, concrete driveway aprons, or parking availability.

  • Public Hearing Testimony

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    07 Dec 2020

    If you'd like to provide live audio testimony during the public hearing on December 7, call in at 1-800-374-0221. The Conference ID is 8034569.


  • Estimated Assessment Update

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    30 Nov 2020

    The City hired Nagell Appraisal Inc. to prepare a letter report providing a preliminary opinion of market benefit for similar properties in the neighborhood. The letter report is available for viewing in the document library located here.

    Although the preliminary assessment amount of $24,200 per residential equivalent unit (REU) is within the improvement benefit range of $15,000 to $25,000 for single family residential properties, the actual assessment amount may be less for the following reasons.

    • 15% construction contingency is included in the estimate. The contingency funds may not be necessary.
    • Below average soil conditions exist under the pavement and gravel base throughout the neighborhood. Estimated assessments include costs for replacement of all poor soils with more stable soils. Less soil replacement may be necessary.
    • A favorable bidding environment may lead to lower construction costs.

    The project Public Hearing, including estimated assessment amounts, will begin on December 7 at 6 PM. To comment, please click on the Public Hearing tab.

  • Engineering Study

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    30 Nov 2020

    The Engineering Study can be viewed here.

  • Informational Video Presentation - Roadway Improvements

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    26 Aug 2020

    Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, a neighborhood meeting will not be held this summer. Therefore, please watch the informational videos on the right side of this web page to learn how projects are funded (special assessment and utility funds), a typical project timeline, how you will be impacted, how you can prepare, and more.

    We hope you find these videos informative, and we anticipate they will generate questions. Your questions can be submitted on this web page, or you can reach out to us by email or phone.

  • Welcome!

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    22 Jun 2020

    Hello and welcome to Better Together Edina. This web page will be the hub for sharing information related to roadway reconstruction scheduled for 2021 in the Melody Lake A & B, Birchcrest C and Grandview A neighborhoods. Important updates will be posted on this web page at various points during the Engineering Study phase. Anticipate weekly updates during construction in 2021. Key project milestones include:

    • June 2020 – Begin Engineering Study preparation
    • Summer 2020 – Informational video or similar. Format to be determined due to COVID-19
    • Nov. 2020 – Engineering Study complete
    • Dec. 2020 – City Council meeting to discuss authorizing project design
    • Mar. 2021 – City Council authorizes construction
    • Apr. 2021 – Construction begins
    • Oct. 2021 – Construction substantial completion

    Feel free to call or email me with your project questions, or you can post questions on this website.

    We look forward to assisting and keeping you informed with this project.

    Aaron Ditzler