Morningside D & E Neighborhood Roadway Reconstruction

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Morningside D & E Neighborhood Roadway Reconstruction updates will be hosted on this project page. Check back for updates!

This project is scheduled for construction in 2022. The work typically includes:

  • Complete reconstruction of the asphalt pavement,
  • Full replacement of concrete curb and gutter and sidewalk,
  • Replacement of fire hydrants and watermain gate valves. The project will also include new water services between the main in the street and the property’s shut-off valve (curb stop),
  • Improvements to the sanitary sewer and storm sewer systems, including flood risk reduction improvements, and
  • Assessments to property owners for the roadway project costs, estimated at $9,300 per residential equivalent unit

Morningside D & E Neighborhood Roadway Reconstruction updates will be hosted on this project page. Check back for updates!

This project is scheduled for construction in 2022. The work typically includes:

  • Complete reconstruction of the asphalt pavement,
  • Full replacement of concrete curb and gutter and sidewalk,
  • Replacement of fire hydrants and watermain gate valves. The project will also include new water services between the main in the street and the property’s shut-off valve (curb stop),
  • Improvements to the sanitary sewer and storm sewer systems, including flood risk reduction improvements, and
  • Assessments to property owners for the roadway project costs, estimated at $9,300 per residential equivalent unit
  • Construction Update 9/23/2022

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    Phase 1

    • We encourage residents to help keep the grass moist. The more you help water the higher quality turf restoration you will get.
    • Tips to help grass grow can be found here.


    Phase 2

    • The concrete sidewalk installation is substantially complete throughout the phase. Remaining concrete walk work is scheduled to be completed after the installation of US Internet facilities.
    • Topsoil placement will follow the remaining concrete installation work.


    Phase 3 – W 42nd Street

    • W 42nd St utility work will begin on 9/26 with Sanitary Sewer work. This work is scheduled to last through 9/30.
    • To maintain a dry working environment for underground utility work, the contractor has installed a dewatering system on W 42nd St to lower the groundwater. These pumps and generator will need to run continuously for an anticipated 4 weeks to facilitate the utility installation.
    • Crews have installed the temporary above ground watermain on W 42nd St, which will undergo testing before crews begin hooking homes up to temporary service.
    • Kusske construction will be reaching out to homeowners to set up temporary water service during the week of 9/26. They will need access to the home to finalize this switch to temporary water service.
    • Please check your front door daily for time sensitive notifications.


    Phase 3 – Grimes Ave between W 42nd St & Morningside Rd

    • The remaining section of Grimes Ave will have roadway excavation and gravel installation during the week of 9/26.
    • Curb and gutter and driveway aprons installation will follow the roadway excavation.


    Phase 4 – Crocker Avenue

    • Sump drain installation is nearly complete. The remaining sump drain will be installed on Monday, 9/26. There will be a short term (<45 minute) loss of access when the sump drain installation blocks your driveway.
    • The contractor is scheduled to begin roadway excavation and gravel installation on 9/27. This process is anticipated to last through 9/30.
    • Curb and gutter installation will follow the roadway excavation.


    Phase 5 – Morningside Road and Grimes Avenue south of Morningside Rd

    • Phase 5 is tentative to begin in October. Based on the Xcel Energy delays on West 42nd Street, it's possible Phase 5 may need to be postponed until spring 2023. Many factors will contribute this, including Xcel Energy progress, weather, favorable conditions for utility work on West 42nd Street, etc. Stay tuned for future Phase 5 updates on BTE.
  • Construction Update 9/15/2022

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    Phase 1

    • The remaining Lynn Ave concrete repairs are scheduled to occur during the week of 9/19.
    • We encourage residents to help keep the grass moist. The more you help water the higher quality turf restoration you will get.
    • Tips to help grass grow can be found here.


    Phase 2

    • The concrete sidewalk installation is scheduled to begin on 9/15 and be complete by 9/20.


    Phase 3 – W 42nd Street

    • The southern half of W 42nd St between Alden Ave and Grimes Ave will be reclaimed on 9/16 to accommodate the dewatering needed for the storm sewer work.
    • To maintain a dry working environment for underground utility work, the contractor has installed a dewatering system on W 42nd St to lower the groundwater. These pumps will need to run continuously for an anticipated 4 weeks to facilitate the utility installation.
      1. The generator needed to power these pumps is anticipated to be activated on 9/16.
    • Crews will begin installing a temporary above ground watermain on W 42nd St on 9/19. Temporary watermain testing will occur before crews hook homes up to temporary service.
    • Kusske construction will be reaching out to homeowners to set up temporary water service. They will need access to the home to finalize this switch to the temporary water service.
    • W 42nd Street utility work is scheduled to begin late in the week of 9/19 between Grimes Ave and Crocker Ave.
    • Please check your front door daily for time sensitive notifications.


    Phase 3 – Grimes Ave between W 42nd St & Morningside Rd

    • Grimes Ave concrete work is scheduled to be complete on 9/15.


    Phase 4 – Crocker Avenue

    • The large diameter storm sewer installation is anticipated to be complete on 9/16.
    • Sump drain installation is scheduled to begin early in the week of 9/19. Unlike the large diameter storm sewer, this underground pipe is shallow and installation is anticipated to take 3 days. Anticipate a loss of driveway access up to 45 minutes when the sump drain installation blocks your driveway. Check your front door for a notification of this work.


    Phase 5 – Morningside Road and Grimes Avenue south of Morningside Rd

    • Phase 5 is tentative to begin in October. Based on the Xcel Energy delays on West 42nd Street, it's possible Phase 5 may need to be postponed until spring 2023. Many factors will contribute this, including Xcel Energy progress, weather, favorable conditions for utility work on West 42nd Street, etc. Stay tuned for future Phase 5 updates on BTE.
  • Construction Update 9/9/2022

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    Phase 1 Topsoil and Seeding

    • The contractor completed the seeding and hydromulching throughout the phase.
    • We encourage residents to help keep the grass moist. The more you help water the higher quality turf restoration you will get.
    • Tips to help grass grow can be found here.

    Phase 2

    • The first layer of asphalt was paved on 9/8.
    • The sidewalk installation is scheduled to begin late in the week of 9/12.


    Phase 3 – W 42nd Street, Grimes Ave between W 42nd St & Morningside Rd

    • Grimes Ave concrete work began on 9/8. Due to the rain on 9/9, crews will resume driveway apron work on 9/12.
    • W 42nd St utility work is anticipated to begin late in the week of 9/19 near Alden Drive.


    Phase 4 – Crocker Avenue

    • The large diameter storm sewer installation is anticipated to be complete by 9/14.
    • Sump drain installation is scheduled to follow the storm sewer installation, and is anticipated to conclude during the week of 9/19.


    Phase 5 – Morningside Road and Grimes Avenue south of Morningside Rd

    • Phase 5 is tentative to begin in October. Based on the Xcel Energy delays on West 42nd Street, it's possible Phase 5 may need to be postponed until spring 2023. Many factors will contribute this, including Xcel Energy progress, weather, favorable conditions for utility work on West 42nd Street, etc. Stay tuned for future Phase 5 updates on BTE.


  • Growing Green Grass

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    The turf contractor has applied topsoil, seed and fertilizer to disturbed areas. Tips to help grass grow can be found in this video and briefly summarized below.

    • Water - While the contractor is responsible to establish the turf for 90 days, your assistance during this period will help establish the turf more quickly. It is just as important to not over-water the new seed as it is to water the seed. The mulch bed should be moist but not over watered. Continue to water even after grass looks established.
      • The University of Minnesota suggests watering 2-3 times per day, 10-15 minutes per time. for a total of 1” of water weekly, the first three weeks. Followed by every other day watering for a total of 1” of water weekly the following three weeks.
    • Fertilize - A commercial fertilizer is applied with the hydroseed. Additional fertilizer and herbicides are not recommended during the initial year of seeding as they can have damaging effects on grass sprouts.
    • Mowing - Do not mow new grass until it is 6" high. When grass reaches this height, mow at the highest setting. Cut with this setting for the first few months, even after grass looks established. Do not collect clippings as they help feed the soil while grass develops. Please pass along the mowing recommendations to your lawn care service if you have one.
    • Weeding - The contractor is responsible for establishing turf free of weeds. During the initial establishment period, weeding is the responsibility of the contractor, not the residents.
    • Preventing Future Weeds - Weeds will likely appear with new grass. Properly watered, mowed and fertilized grass will prevent weeds from gaining a stronghold.


    Turf establishment takes time. The City will continue to review the turf in the project area this summer to ensure proper growth.

  • Construction Update 9/1/2022

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    Phase 1 Seeding

    • The contractor has completed the repairs to the damaged irrigation systems.
    • Seeding and hydromulching is scheduled for the week of 9/5. Stay tuned for tips on growing green grass.


    Phase 2

    • The contractor began grading and installing gravel for the sidewalk replacement. This sidewalk preparation work will be mostly complete by the end of the day on 9/2.
    • Final street grading will occur on 9/6 and 9/7 in advance of the first layer of asphalt.
    • The first asphalt layer is scheduled to be paved on 9/8. Check your front door for a notification of this work.


    Phase 3 – W 42nd Street, Grimes Ave between W 42nd & Morningside Rd

    • Grimes Avenue concrete driveway aprons are scheduled to begin late in the week of 9/5. Check your front door for a notification of this work.
    • W 42nd Street utility work is anticipated to begin late in the week of 9/19 near Alden Drive.


    Phase 4 – Crocker Avenue

    • Crews began the large diameter storm sewer installation. During this work, you can expect a short-term water shutoff while crews replace your water service pipe. This work is now anticipated to last through the week of 9/5.
      • Check your front door daily for more information regarding driveway access loss, short term water shutoffs, and parking requirements.
    • Following the large diameter storm sewer installation, crews will install the city sump drain.


    No Work on 9/5

    • There will be no work on Labor Day (9/5). Work will resume on Tuesday, 9/6!
  • Construction Update 8/26/2022

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    Phase 1 Topsoil and Seeding

    • Topsoil installation is expected to be completed on 8/25. The contractor is aware that irrigation systems were impacted by the topsoil installation work, and irrigation repairs are expected to begin on 8/25 and continue until 8/29.
    • Seeding and hydromulching will follow the irrigation work.

    Phase 2 – Paving

    • The first layer of asphalt is scheduled to be paved during the week of 8/29. Check your front door for a notification on this work.

    Phase 3 – W 42nd Street, Grimes Ave between W 42nd St & Morningside Rd

    • The storm sewer work on Grimes Ave is complete.
    • Curb and Gutter was installed the week of 8/15 for most of Grimes Ave.
    • The remainder of Grimes Ave roadway excavation is now scheduled for the week of 8/29.
    • Xcel Energy is on W 42nd Street relocating power poles to allow the City’s Contractor to begin underground utility work. Xcel anticipates completing this work early in the week of 8/29.

    Phase 4 – Crocker Avenue

    • Crews have begun the installation of the large diameter storm sewer. During the large diameter storm sewer installation, you can expect a short-term water shutoff while crews replace your water service pipe. This work is anticipated to last through the week of 8/29.
      1. Check your front door daily for more information regarding access loss, short term water shutoffs, and parking requirements.
  • Construction Update 8/19/2022

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    Phase 1 Topsoil and Seeding

    • Topsoil installation is expected to begin the week of 8/22. Seeding and hydromulching will follow the topsoil placement.


    Phase 2 – Driveway Aprons and Concrete Driveway Work

    • Due to rainy conditions, driveway aprons and concrete driveway replacements are now anticipated to be complete early in the week of 8/22 throughout the phase.
    • The first layer of asphalt is now anticipated to be paved during the week of 8/22.


    Phase 3 – W 42nd Street, Grimes Ave between W 42nd St & Morningside Rd

    • The Grimes Ave storm sewer work is ongoing and is expected to be complete on 8/19.
    • The roadway excavation is complete for most of Grimes Ave. Curb and gutter is scheduled for a portion of Grimes Ave for 8/22, check your front door for a notice of this work.
    • The remainder of Grimes Ave will have the roadway excavation completed during the week of 8/22.
    • Crews will be replacing sanitary manholes on W 42nd Street between Oakdale Ave and Crocker Ave during the week of 8/22.
    • Xcel Energy will be on W 42nd Street during the week of 8/22 to relocate power poles to allow the City’s Contractor to begin underground utility work. Xcel anticipates completing this work early in the week of 8/29.


    Phase 4 – Crocker Avenue

    • The crews successfully completed water service replacements on the West side of the street during the week of 8/15.
    • The pumps and generator necessary for the lowering of groundwater to facilitate the installation of the storm sewer will be installed the week of 8/22.
    • Crews will begin installing the large diameter storm sewer on the East side of Crocker during the week of 8/22. During the large diameter storm sewer installation, you can expect a short-term water shutoff while crews replace your water service pipe.
      • Check your front door daily for more information regarding access loss, short term water shutoffs, and parking requirements.
  • Construction Update 8/11/2022

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    Phase 1 Sidewalk

    • The sidewalk installation is scheduled to be complete on 8/12.
    • After the sidewalk has gained adequate strength, crews will prepare the boulevards for topsoil placement.


    Phase 2 – Driveway Aprons and Concrete Driveway Work

    • Driveway aprons and concrete driveway replacements are scheduled to start on 8/11. Check your front door for a notification on this work. You will be asked to park on an adjacent street while work is occurring on your driveway.
    • The first layer of asphalt is now anticipated to be paved during the week of 8/22.


    Phase 3 – W 42nd Street, Grimes Ave between W 42nd & Morningside Rd

    • Due to a rise in the groundwater level after the recent rain event, the storm sewer on Grimes Ave is delayed while the pumps at Weber Pond temporarily lower the water table.
    • Following the sewer work, crews will begin the roadway excavation in advance of concrete curb and gutter.


    Phase 4 – Crocker Ave

    • Crews are scheduled to begin the utility work by replacing the sanitary sewer manholes beginning on 8/11.
    • Following the sanitary manhole work, the crews will begin replacing water services on the East side of the street in advance of the storm sewer work. Anticipate short term water shutoffs.
    • The dewatering well stations that will aid in temporarily lower the groundwater prior to the installation of the storm sewer will be installed the week of 8/15.
  • Crocker Avenue Utility Work

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    As discussed at the resident construction kickoff meeting on May 3, residents on Crocker Ave should anticipate changes to your daily routines due to the contractor installing deep and large diameter storm sewer pipe. Residents should expect the following challenges:

    • Loss of driveway access for up to 48 hours
    • Temporary daytime water shutdowns
    • No parking on Crocker Ave
    • Crocker Ave road closure
    • Potential temporary mailbox bank for mail pickup
    • Temporary relocation of garbage and recycling containers by the contractor due to lack of access for garbage and recycling haulers
    • Pumps and generators running 24 hours per day to temporarily lower the groundwater so the storm sewer work can be completed in a dry environment.

    We do not yet have a firm start date for the deep and large utility work. Further details will be provided by door notification related to the challenges listed above. It’s critical that you check your front door daily for time sensitive information as the work begins.

  • Construction Update 8/5/2022

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    Phase 1 Irrigation and Sidewalk

    • Irrigation system repairs are scheduled to be complete on 8/5.
    • The concrete sidewalk is scheduled to be installed the week of 8/8.
    • Topsoil and seeding work will occur after mid-August when the seed has a higher probability of germinating due to cooler temperatures.


    Phase 2 – Utility Work Complete / Curb and Gutter installation

    • Concrete curb and gutter is being installed and is anticipated to be completed on 8/5.
    • Driveway aprons and concrete driveway replacements are scheduled for the week of 8/8. Check your front door for a notification on this work, including temporary loss of driveway access details.
    • Paving the first layer of asphalt is anticipated to occur during the week of 8/15.


    Phase 3 – W 42nd St, Grimes Ave between W 42nd St & Morningside Rd

    • Water service replacements are complete on Grimes Ave.
    • The crews will now be installing the storm sewer and sump drain on Grimes Ave during the week of 8/8.
    • The West 42nd St schedule is dependent on Xcel Energy relocating utility poles. Xcel Energy continues to delay their relocation work.
    • Following the utility work, crews will begin the roadway excavation in advance of curb and gutter.


    Phase 4 – Crocker Avenue

    • Asphalt pavement reclamation will occur on Crocker Avenue on 8/9, weather permitting. Reclamation is the process of grinding the existing asphalt into a gravel base.
    • Following the pavement reclamation, the crews will remove driveway aprons, sidewalk, and curb and gutter in preparation for the utility work.
    • See the update regarding impactful utility work and resident impacts here.
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