Though last week’s ribbon cutting ceremony recognized completion of the 4th Street turnback project, the Rush City Council on Aug. 13 acknowledged a “punch list” of jobs that have yet to be completed or corrected before they can officially accept it.
The list includes grading on Co. Rd. 30 shoulders; shaping some driveways; watermain, sanitary sewer and storm sewer work (install open grate and adjust manhole at 5th and Field); concrete at Dana sidewalk and minor concrete repairs; electrical work; landscaping; sealing cracks in bridge deck; striping, repairing four to five crosswalk blocks, along with installing turn arrows and crosswalks; completing permanent signs; and adding markers near the culverts on Fairfield.
The project came to light when State Hwy. 361 (4th Street and Bremer Avenue) no longer met the state’s definition of a state highway. As a result, the state turned back the highway to Chisago and Pine counties and paid to improve and reconstruct the road.
The Chisago County Board on Aug. 3, 2011 approved A-1 Excavating, based in Bloomer, Wis., as the project contractor.
Of the $9,155,487 contract amount, Chisago County took the lead on CSAH 30 street improvements and the CSAH 30 bridge, totaling $7,365,685.
Rush City’s cost totaled $1,789,801 for sanitary sewer and water main replacements, Field Avenue, Dana Avenue parking lot, upgrades to street lighting in the downtown area and street name signs. Because the city council opted to not assess property owners who would benefit from the project, the city considered financial assistance through an interest-effective loan through the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (MPFA). Bonding was another option.
The first phase of the project began in August 2011 on Co. Rd. 30 (Bremer Ave./Forest Blvd.), from the Pine County/Chisago County line to the 4th Street intersection.
When the dust cleared, the project area included new street, curb and gutter, sidewalk, storm sewer and overall restoration. Also done was bridge replacement over Rush Creek (next to Golden LivingCenter), which started after Labor Day in September 2011.
Phase one was completed in early November 2011.
The project’s second phase resumed last spring, as 4th Street was completely reconstructed from Fairfield to Bremer Avenue. After removing the existing street, the construction crew added a new gravel base, curb and gutter, bituminous pavement, sidewalks, storm sewers and new street lights. Also done was mill and overlay on 4th Street from I-35 to Fairfield Avenue.
Prior to street construction, Rush City replaced aging and under-sized sanitary sewer and water mains originally from the 1920s and ’60s.
In addition, Chisago County improved Fairfield from 4th Street to the school entrance. Here, work included mill and overlay, spot curb replacements and new sidewalk on the east side leading up to the school entrance, which is being expanded to better accommodate school bus traffic.
Rush City also reconstructed Field Avenue from 4th to 5th Street and the parking lot off Dana Avenue in the downtown area.