Open House On 10th Ave Culvert Construction Will Be Aug 22

The aging metal culverts that carry Bassett Creek under 10th Ave and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks are set for replacement starting late this month. The City has scheduled an informational open house Aug 22, from 5 to 7 pm, in the City Hall Council Chambers, to give residents and business owners the opportunity to ask questions regarding the schedule and impacts of the project.

The project will involve digging up 10th Ave (between the Golden Valley Library and the end of Rhode Island Ave N), the Luce Line Trail, and the railroad track to replace the culverts with two concrete box culverts. Work will take two to three months to complete. In preparation, the City has been removing trees and meeting with utility companies regarding construction conflicts in the area.

The City has been communicating with Union Pacific since 2008 regarding inspection results and the potential impacts of culvert failure, which include flooding and train derailment. The two arch culverts (114-inch span) and one round culvert (72-inch diameter), classified as bridges because of their size, are inspected annually and have recently shown rapid deterioration.

Last year the City began preparing concepts and alternatives for culvert replacement as a cooperative project with Union Pacific. Previous plans proposed by Union Pacific to re-line the existing culvert were deemed unacceptable by the Bassett Creek Watershed Commission because the outcome would increase the potential for flooding upstream (west).

If you have questions about this project, contact City Engineer Jeff Oliver at 763-593-8034.

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