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Assessment Approval Update

Special assessments for the project were approved by the City Council at their meeting on September 6, 2016.  Assessment costs and payment information is available in the letters sent on August 18, 2016.  Property owners wishing to pay their special assessments in-full for the street work are reminded that payment is due no later than Monday, October 31, 2016.  Credit card payments are not accepted for special assessments. Questions regarding assessment payoff amounts may be directed to Molly Stone at 952-895-4495, or
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New Updates

September 20, 2016

Crews have completed paving the final layer of asphalt pavement in the reclamation portions of the West Buck Hill neighborhood, as well as on Bryant Ave. north of 155th St.  Aside from the final warranty check for seeding, which will occur near the end of the month, work in these areas is substantially completed.

The sod warranty review is presently occurring, as City inspection staff have been reviewing sod conditions throughout the reconstruction portions of the neighborhood, and identifying any areas that need repair or replacement.  Property owners in these areas have been mailed a sod warranty letter and sod care instructions, indicating the warranty is expiring on September 21, and sod care will be the responsibility of property owners moving forward.  A copy of this letter and the sod care instructions is available by clicking here

September 12, 2016


Starting on Tuesday, September 13, crews will begin paving the final layer of asphalt pavement in the reclamation portions of the West Buck Hill neighborhood, as well as on Bryant Ave. north of 155th St.  Paving work is anticipated to take two or three days to complete.  Residents are able to drive on the pavement within minutes of placement, but will not be able to access their driveways while the paver and/or trucks are immediately in front of the property placing the pavement. 

Older Updates

August 29, 2016


Limited work is anticipated to occur in the West Buck Hill neighborhood in the next two weeks.  Due to scheduling conflicts and the desire to complete the landscape warranty review in the neighborhood, paving in the reclamation sections of the West Buck Hill neighborhood is not anticipated to begin until after September 12th.  Residents in the neighborhood who are looking to schedule their own driveway replacements are encouraged, but not required, to do so prior to September 12th to minimize potential impact on the final lift of roadway pavement. 


August 23, 2016

Landscaping crews have completed sod repairs and replacements throughout the reconstruction portion of the West Buck Hill neighborhood.  The warranty period for the sod will commence this week, and extend for 30 days.  Residents are encouraged (but not required) to assist with watering sod, preferably in the early-morning or during the evenings.  The Contractor will continue to water sod over the next 30 days to ensure it continues to survive through the warranty period.

In the reclamation areas, crews will be completing re-seeding and topsoil modifications this week.  Like in sodded areas, residents are encouraged (but not required) to help water the seed.  Seed is more tolerant of higher temperatures or periods without rain, however, additional watering and keeping the soil moist will help ensure quicker seed germination.  The Contractor will warranty seed installation for 45 days.    

August 17, 2016

Rain, rain, go away!  After another intense rainfall yesterday, a number of locations in the neighborhood had sod and sediment wash into the street.  The Contractor is working with City staff to identify immediate repair areas, clean out inlet protection in the drains, and clean up street areas.  Aside from these immediate response areas, l
andscape modifications do continue throughout the neighborhood.  City staff will be reviewing restoration work in-detail this week for general contract compliance, and will be compiling a list of any outstanding issues for the Contractor to remedy.  Crews are anticipated to continue addressing sod and seeding issues until they are satisfactory to City staff and the warranty period can commence.  

Once seeding work is accepted for the warranty period to begin in the reclamation areas (and sodding on Bryant Ave. north of 155th St.), crews anticipate installing the final lift of asphalt pavement.  Updates to the schedule for this work will be posted on this website.  

August 8, 2016

Landscape crews have been onsite over the past week installing sod and other landscape elements, mainly in the reconstruction sections of the project (155th St., 156th St., Kaymar Lane, and the north sections of Bryant Ave. and Fremont Ave.).  City staff have recognized that a large portion of the sod installation was not completed well or in an acceptable manner, and have been working with the landscape contractor to correct these issues.  The City has NOT accepted any of the restoration work, and will not be paying the Contractor for the work without property remediation.  We understand there is an inconvenience on the part of residents to extend restoration work, and compounding the situation with re-work creates further issues.  We do apologize for these issues, and will continue to work with the Contractor to make the landscape restoration right and acceptable. 

Some sections of restoration work in the reclamation areas were repaired with sod.  These areas were to receive seed, but the sod will be left in-place and warrantied by the contractor in accordance with the project specifications, as long as it is in an acceptable condition.  The remaining areas will be top-dressed with topsoil and hydroseeded/mulched with a seed and mulch mix over the next week. 

As noted in previous updates, the Contractor will be responsible for maintaining sodded areas (30 days) and seeded areas (45 days) from the time of placement.  Residents can assist in this process and ensure a better growing product by assisting with watering of newly seeded and sodded area, and avoiding mowing of new sod until it is at least 4” in height (minimum of 2 weeks after placement).  Near the end of the warranty period, City staff will review the condition of the sod and seeded areas to determine if any areas need replacement.  Residents will receive notifications ahead of the warranty period expiring with additional turf care recommendations.

August 2, 2016


Landscape crews anticipate returning later this week to complete topsoil placement and begin seeding (reclamation areas) and sodding (reconstruction areas) work throughout the neighborhood.  The Contractor will be responsible for maintaining sodded areas (30 days) and seeded areas (45 days) from the time of placement.  Residents can assist in this process and ensure a better growing product by assisting with watering of newly seeded and sodded area, and avoiding mowing of new sod until it is at least 4” in height (minimum of 2 weeks after placement).  Near the end of the warranty period, City staff will review the condition of the sod and seeded areas to determine if any areas need replacement.  Residents will receive notifications ahead of the warranty period expiring with additional turf care recommendations.


Per the contractor, crews have completed irrigation system repairs in the neighborhood.  When possible, crews tested the irrigation system components when they were replaced, and if they were unable to test them, they placed notifications in the front doors of impacted properties.  If you have questions about the repairs, please contact the project inspector, Nils Hudyma, at 612-619-5892.

July 26, 2016

Limited work is occurring in the West Buck Hill neighborhood this week.  Additional topsoil dressing and irrigation system repairs are still ongoing, but seeding and sod installation is not anticipated to begin for at least another week as weather and temperature conditions are more favorable. 

Crews are continuing work to complete utility structure adjustments, and will be paving around these structures, as well as working to complete driveway apron restorations that were not completed last week.  Concrete apron work is anticipated mid-week, while asphalt patching is anticipated to be at the end of the week. 

Residents may remove utility locate flags located within their yards that were installed earlier this year for utility relocation activities associated with Comcast.  Utility locate flags may still be placed at intersections for street sign installations in the near future, and should be left in-place until new signs are installed.  

July 19, 2016


The majority of work in the West Buck Hill neighborhood occurring over the next week will revolve around restoration work, including topsoil placement, irrigation system repair, and preparation for sodding (Reconstruction Areas) and seeding (Reclamation Areas).  Where irrigation repairs are completed,
the contractor will be notifying residents where work was completed to test your system and make sure the components impacted by construction activities properly function. If residents are not home at the time, a notification flyer will be placed in the front door of the home.  If you notice irrigation components have been repaired but you did not receive a notice, or you have questions about the repairs, please contact the project inspector, Nils Hudyma, at 612-619-5892. 

Sod installation was anticipated to occur in the Reconstruction Areas later this week; however, due to the extreme heat anticipated, the Contractor and the City are reviewing options to delay installation until temperatures and humidity levels are more favorable.  It is unclear at this point if sod will be installed within the next week, or later in August.  We want to place sod in a manner to give it the best opportunity to survive, and believe it is more prudent to delay installation, rather than require the contractor to return and replace sod that died due to weather constraints.  We appreciate the continued understanding and patience of the residents impacted by this work.  

Crews are also working to complete utility structure adjustments, and will be paving around these structures, as well as working to complete driveway apron restorations that were not completed last week.  

July 12, 2016


Asphalt driveway aprons are being replaced throughout the neighborhood this week.  Curb backfilling is also occurring this week, as well as completion of all utility casting adjustments in preparation for the final layer of pavement (reclamation area) or existing pavement elevation (reconstruction area). 

Starting this week, crews will begin landscape repair/replacement items, including landscaping beds and irrigation system repairs.  Once irrigation repairs are completed, the contractor should notify residents where work was completed to request to test your system and make sure the components impacted by construction activities properly function.  If you notice irrigation components have been repaired but you did not receive a notice, or you have questions about the repairs, please contact the project inspector, Nils Hudyma, at 612-619-5892.

July 7, 2016

All of the first layer of paving work has been completed throughout the project area, with the exception of the north half of 155th St, which could not be completed on Tuesday of this week due to the heavy rain and wind storms.  Some of the subgrade was damaged as a result of the heavy rains, so crews are working to restore the subgrade and re-schedule paving activities over the next few working days.  


Throughout the remainder of the project area, crews have been adjusting utility structures to finished grade, and performing miscellaneous cleanup tasks.  Curb backfilling and placement of topsoil is still being proposed, although City staff were informed by the contractor that the landscaping subcontractor has been unable to finalize a schedule and dates to perform this work.  The City will be withholding certain contract payments until this restoration work is completed. 

June 28, 2016

Crews have completed concrete curb work within the West Buck Hill neighborhood.  All driveway aprons should be ramped and accessible, with the exception of those who had concrete aprons poured on Monday of this week.  Those driveways will be accessible later this week.

Paving work was completed on Bryant Ave., 158th St. (east of Alpine Cir.), Alpine Circle, and Chalet Court last week.  

Crews will be working on curb backfilling and grading of the aggregate base in preparation for pavement placement in the unpaved sections of the neighborhood.  The Contractor has indicated a desire to complete all base course paving work throughout the neighborhood prior to the July 4 holiday weekend.  In the event they are unable to achieve that goal, paving work will be completed the week of July 5th. 

June 21, 2016

All underground utility work (storm sewer, watermain, gas main upgrades, and cable television/internet facilities) has been completed.  The Contractor has continued work with grading of Bryant Ave., Alpine Circle, Chalet Ct., and portions of 158th St., where the first layer of pavement will be placed this week. 

Crews completed the majority of curb and concrete work throughout the street reclamation areas, with the exception of pedestrian ramps at select entrances to West Buck Hill Park. 

Crews are working on excavation and grading for curb in the street reconstruction areas (155th St., 156th St., Kaymar Ln., and Fremont Ave.).  Crews anticipate placing curb starting at the end of this week in these areas.  Property owners are encouraged to check their front doors for flyers regarding parking restrictions during curb installation.  During the day, property owners will be requested to park vehicles on adjacent streets (Bryant Ave., Fremont Ave. north of 155th St. and south of 156th St., and Hilloway Circle).  Once the curb is installed, residents will be able to park in front of their homes until the curb has cured and driveway access can be restored (typically 5-6 days after curb is installed). 

Grading work w
ill continue on Fremont Ave., Fremont Ct., Forest Circle, 158th St., and Hilloway Circle over the next week.  Following the curb curing in the street reconstruction areas, crews will also work on final grading for pavement on 155th St., 156th St., and Kaymar Ln. 

June 13, 2016


Crews are completing watermain service installation work on 155th St. today, marking the completion of watermain work in the West Buck Hill neighborhood.  Crews will complete storm sewer pipe installation at 156th St. and Fremont Ave. on Tuesday, and then continue with disassembly of the remaining temporary watermain system in the neighborhood.

Grading work will begin later this week in all areas of the West Buck Hill neighborhood.  Work in the watermain replacement areas will include roadway subcutting and placement of aggregate base (watermain side), while work in the reclamation area will include removal of the top four inches (4”) of reclaimed materials and roadway grading in preparation for asphalt placement. 

Concrete curb crews will also return later this week to complete curb work on Bryant Ave., and additional catch basin installation work throughout the reclamation areas. 

Due to heavy rains over the past week, crews have been hampered by poor working conditions, and have been working to re-establish any washed out driveway aprons and make roads passable.  Should you have concerns about driveway access or replacing washed out materials, please contact the construction inspector. 

June 7, 2016

The Contractor is planning on completing all underground utility work in both the street reconstruction and reclamation areas by the end of this week.  This means that all residents will be hooked back up to the new City watermain where it was replaced and all temporary watermain facilities will be removed.   It also means the contractor can focus on street work and residents will start to see the project coming together over the next few weeks.  The contractor is planning on bringing in the street reclamation machinery that will grind up the remaining paved areas into gravel and begin grading the street areas to be sure there is the correct amount of gravel base and preparing the street reclamation area for paving (perhaps at the end of next week) and preparing the street reconstruction area for new continuous curb and gutter construction. 


The remaining spot sections of concrete curb and gutter and the sidewalk entrances into the park will be replaced back next week as well.

May 31, 2016

The Contractor completed removing spot concrete curb and gutter sections in the street reclamation area (southerly portion of the project).  They have also began replacing them, unfortunately, due to rain seemingly every morning, the concrete replacement crews have been rained out 4 of the past 5 work days.  Weather does look favorable for this Wednesday and Thursday to complete these curb replacements.  There are also a few more utility modifications that need to be made and then the remaining paved areas will be ground up for new gravel and then worked in preparation of paving which is still several weeks out.

The mainline watermain installation as originally planned in the street reconstruction area (northerly portion of the project) has been tested and the contractor plans on connecting water services back up to this new main later this week.  The section of watermain that will be added to the project on 155th Street at the Bryant Ave intersection is also expected to begin next this week. Expect underground utility work this Saturday in this area if the weather is favorable. 

May 23, 2016

The Contractor is just about done removing spot concrete curb and gutter sections in the street reclamation area (southerly portion of the project).  They have indicated that they will begin pouring concrete back in these sections this Thursday, if weather and other conditions cooperate.  There are also a few more utility modifications that need to be made and then the gravel base will be ready to be worked in preparation of paving which is still several weeks out.

Mainline watermain installation as originally planned is about complete in the street reconstruction area (northerly portion of the project).  The watermain pipe will then be tested, which is planned for this week, then watermain services to homes can be connected and the temporary watermain removed.  The section of watermain that will be added to the project on 155th Street at the Bryant Ave intersection is expected to begin next week. This will require additional temporary water installation to residents on 155th St. that haven’t received temporary water as of yet.  Affected residents will receive individual notifications if they are affected by this additional work.

May 16, 2016

Crews have completed curb installation on Bryant Ave. north of 155th St.  Property owners may park in front of their homes during overnight hours and during the day.  Property owners may be requested to move their vehicles at times during working hours so crews can restore driveway access and perform street grading work later in the week.  The Contractor will work to notify property owners in advance of this, if needed. 

Watermain installation along Kaymar Lane is progressing well, and should be completed this week.  Crews will then work on either 155th St. and/or 156th St., pending approval of design modifications on 155th St.  Following a hydrant installation on 155th St. late last week, City staff determined that the watermain located from mid-block east of Kaymar Lane to Bryant Ave. is not ductile iron pipe as noted in the original record drawings, but is in fact cast iron pipe, which is much more susceptible to breaking and should be replaced.  City staff are working with the contractor to identify the extent of the cast iron pipe, and create a construction plan for replacing this watermain.  This will require additional temporary water installation to residents on 155th St. that haven’t received temporary water as of yet, and may extend the utility work on 155th St. by an additional two weeks. 

In the reclamation areas, crews are starting to adjust castings on utility structures on Bryant Ave. and Alpine Cir.  Comcast will begin utility relocation work in the reclamation areas late this week.  

May 10, 2016


Crews have completed full-width pavement reclamation on Bryant Ave. and Alpine Circle, as well as reclamation on the watermain side of the roadways in the reconstruction areas (155th St., 156th St., Kaymar Ln., and Fremont Ave. north of Hilloway Cir.).  Curb removal on 155th St. (watermain side) and Bryant Ave. north of 155th St. has also been completed, while curb removals in the remaining reconstruction areas will continue this week.  Crews will also be continuing with sawcutting driveways in the reconstruction areas and sawcutting spot curb repairs on Bryant Ave. and Alpine Circle.

Curb installation on Bryant Ave. north of 155th St. is scheduled to occur this week (weather dependent).  Property owners should check their front doors for any driveway or parking restrictions in the coming days.  Once curb is installed, property owners will be allowed to park on the street until early next week when the curb has had time to cure.   

Temporary watermain testing has been completed, and crews are activating temporary water service throughout the street reconstruction areas.  New watermain installation in the reconstruction areas will begin today, starting on 155th St., then progressing to Kaymar Lane, 156th St., and wrapping up with Fremont Ave.  Please be aware that during the day, through vehicle access on streets where watermain installation is actively occurring will be limited.  One-way access to/from residential driveways will be maintained. 

In the reclamation areas, crews continue to work on fire hydrant replacements, and start adjusting castings on utility structures on Bryant Ave. and Alpine Cir.  Comcast will begin utility relocation work in the reclamation areas over the coming week. 

May 4, 2016

Crews began pavement reclamation work in the Reconstruction portion of the neighborhood today, and will continue with curb removals for watermain replacement work through early next week.  Temporary watermain is being disinfected and prepared for connection to homes, which will begin the week of May 9.  Property owners are encouraged to check their front doors for flyers regarding the date the temporary water will be activated, and requesting that anyone with a water softener put it into bypass mode to prevent backwashing of the softening system during temporary water activation.  


In reclamation areas, crews have started fire hydrant replacements and will be continuing with this work over the next two weeks.  Intermittent water service interruption may be experienced throughout the next two weeks as these hydrants are replaced.  Property owners are encouraged to check their front doors for flyers indicating periods where water service will be unavailable.  Water service disruptions generally last up to 4-6 hours, and will occur between 7am and 5 pm on weekdays. 

April 29, 2016

 
Due to weather delays and other project obligations, pavement reclamation and removals on the watermain side of the roadways on 155th St. (from Fremont Ave. to Bryant Ave.), 156th St., Kaymer Lane, and the east side of Fremont Ave. (155th St. to south of 156th St.) has been postponed until the end of the week of May 2nd.  Crews will continue with temporary watermain installation in these areas over the next week.  

Crews will also begin hydrant replacements throughout the southern portions of the W. Buck Hill neighborhood (reclamation area).  Intermittent water service interruption may be experienced throughout the next two weeks as these hydrants are replaced.  Residents are encouraged to check their front doors for flyers indicating periods where water service will be unavailable.  Water service disruptions generally last up to 4-6 hours, and will occur between 7am and 5 pm on weekdays. 

April 25, 2016

The City has completed a preconstruction meeting with representatives from Valley Paving, Inc. and private utility companies.  At this meeting, the project schedule for the project was discussed.  The key schedule dates are as follows:

 

  • Comcast will be performing cable relocations and upgrades throughout the West Buck Hill neighborhood, beginning this Wednesday, April 27th. Work will last approximately 3-4 weeks, and progress from north (155th St. & Bryant Ave.) to south (158th St.).  Not all blocks will require relocations; blocks where cable service is fed through aerial rear-yard power poles will not require relocation work.  Comcast will place door hangers on front doors of properties that may be impacted prior to beginning work.  The majority of the work will be directionally drilled, with excavation mainly at existing cable boxes (located along property lines).
  • CenterPoint Energy will be replacing gas service lines and service tees along 156th St. and portions of Bryant Ave.  Crews have already begun work in certain locations, and will be wrapping up work by April 30th. Property owners whose service line is replaced will be contacted by CenterPoint Energy via flyer and/or door hanger. 
  • Valley Paving and their utility subcontractor, Northdale Construction, Inc., will begin setting up temporary water service pipe for properties along 155th St., 156th St., Kaymar Lane, and portions of Fremont Ave. beginning this week.  Crews will also begin potholing existing utilities within these streets. 

The Contractor has chosen to begin their project work in the West Buck Hill neighborhood.  Property owners can expect to see increased construction vehicle traffic and placement of piping materials in boulevard areas throughout the project area, with the main focus being the northern half (street reconstruction) section of the neighborhood. Crews anticipate beginning partial street reclamation for the entire neighborhood by the end of this week, and extending into the week of May 2nd

Residents are reminded of the Neighborhood Meeting being held on Monday, May 2, 2016 from 3:30 to 6:30 PM in the Large Community Room at Burnsville City Hall.  Information can be found under the April 20th update below. 

April 20, 2016

The City has awarded a contract to Valley Paving, Inc. to reconstruct the streets in the West Buck Hill neighborhood as part of the City’s 2016 Street Reconstruction Project.  

A neighborhood meeting is being held on Monday, May 2, 2016 from 3:30 to 6:30 PM in the Large Community Room at Burnsville City Hall for property owners interested in learning more about this project and the upcoming construction schedule.

A formal letter explaining the project and providing notification of the neighborhood meeting was recently mailed to property owners, and a copy of the letter with the project area map and contacts for City staff can be viewed by clicking the link below:
 
West Buck Hill Neighborhood Meeting Notice


Prior to the neighborhood meeting, City staff will be meeting with the Contractor to identify the general project schedule and phasing plans.  That information will be available at the neighborhood meeting, and provided as an update on this project web page.  

In the interim, Comcast is in the process of performing design for relocation of their facilities in portions of the West Buck Hill neighborhood.  Property owners may have noticed white flags labeled “proposed route” in boulevard areas.  The majority of the Comcast relocation work will occur via directional drilling, with limited surface impacts at existing cable junction boxes.  Comcast will be working with the City and it’s Contractor to perform relocation of its facilities prior to, or in conjunction with, the street reconstruction work.  

Centerpoint Energy will also be performing a limited number of gas service line upgrades throughout the West Buck Hill neighborhood, primarily in the vicinity of 155th St., Fremont Ave., and 156th St.  Any residents impacted by this work will be notified directly by Centerpoint Energy crews of any impacts to their gas service. 

December 28, 2015

A neighborhood meeting is being held on Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 3:30 to 6:30 PM in the City Council Chambers at Burnsville City Hall for property owners interested in learning more about this project.

A formal letter explaining the project and providing notification of the neighborhood meeting was recently mailed to property owners, and a copy of the letter with the project area map and contacts for City staff can be viewed by clicking the link below:
 
West Buck Hill Neighborhood Meeting Notice

West Buck Hill Neighborhood Street Reconstruction Map


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