How are streets selected for reconstruction, rehabilitation or reclamation each year?
The City of Burnsville’s Public Works Department utilizes a pavement management plan, where the conditions of all streets within the City are rated once every three years. Streets are given ratings based on a Pavement Condition Index (PCI), indicating the general condition of the surface and subgrade strength and condition on a scale of 0-100 (where “0” indicates no pavement structure, and “100” indicates a new street). Streets are prioritized for replacement based on the PCI rating, watermain age and condition, frequency of street maintenance, drainage conditions, and sanitary sewer deficiencies. Soil borings are often taken to determine pavement thickness and the amount of gravel base beneath the asphalt pavement. In areas with lower PCI ratings and where a need for utility improvements exists, the neighborhood becomes a good candidate for a street “Reconstruction”. Where PCI ratings may be low, but utility improvements are not needed, a street “Rehabilitation” or “Reclamation” may be recommended.


Every year, the Public Works Department includes the recommendations for the next five years of street reconstruction and rehabilitation projects in the City’s Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), to allow the City to plan and budget for the work which is subsequently considered for approval by the City Council. Once allocated, City staff begins the preliminary design and feasibility report preparation to define the specific scope of the improvements, perform detailed cost estimates, and identify the preliminary special assessment values for the work.

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1. What is the difference between "Reconstruction," "Rehabilitation" and "Reclamation"?
2. How are streets selected for reconstruction, rehabilitation or reclamation each year?
3. How will the City communicate project progress and updates with residents and business owners?
4. Will I lose trees in my yard?
5. Will my mail service or garbage service be interrupted?
6. How are impacts to irrigation systems and landscape elements dealt with during and after construction?
7. How are street improvement projects paid for?
8. Why is there a special assessment, and how is it calculated?
9. When will I know what my assessment is?
10. What options do I have to pay my assessment?
11. What is a typical project schedule?
12. Can I have my whole driveway replaced as part of the street project and pay for it through my assessment?
13. I’ve received solicitations from contractors offering to perform work on my property. Is this legal? Does the City regulate these contractors?
14. How do I find information about easements?