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Project Area Map and Construction Contacts

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 .  


New Updates

October 28, 2016


Crews are completing topsoil placement and grading boulevards this week.  Starting the week of October 31, crews will be placing sod and doing final landscape restoration items. As previously noted, due to the late installation date, the sod will be warrantied into the spring of 2017.  Residents will be notified with care instructions and contact information to have questionable sod reviewed in the spring of 2017.     

October 18, 2016

Crews completed paving the base course on streets within the Highland Forest neighborhood this week, and are working on curb backfilling and preparation for boulevard restoration.  Asphalt driveway patching should occur by the end of this week.  On Thomas Ave., crews will be raising utility castings to the existing bituminous elevation.  

Over the next week, crews will be performing black dirt/topsoil installation, as well as starting sod installation.  Mailbox installations will also occur, and residents should check for notices on their temporary mailboxes over the next three days regarding putting the original mailbox and post near the boulevard for reinstallation by crews.  

Older Updates

October 12, 2016

Concrete placement in the Highland Forest neighborhood was completed this week, and roadway grading work will be wrapping up by the end of the week.  Crews are also in the process of raising utility structures to the paving grade.  To prevent a significant conflict with garbage collection this Friday, paving is scheduled to occur on Monday, October 17.  

Following paving, crews will be reinstalling mailboxes and begin backfilling boulevard areas in preparation for sod installation.  Due to the late-date of sod installation, the warranty for the sod in the neighborhood will carry-over into 2017.  The exact dates of the sod warranty are based on the final installation date and weather conditions moving through the fall and next spring.  Residents will be notified with care instructions and contact information to have questionable sod reviewed in the spring of 2017.      

October 4, 2016

Last week, crews completed the majority of curb and driveway apron installation work on Thomas Circle and Elm Lane.  Curb work on Elm Circle was postponed due to some poor subgrade materials encountered during final grading work. Those issues have since been remedied.

This week, crews will complete curb installation on Thomas Ave., Elm Cir., Brookview Drive, and the remaining section of Elm Lane near Highland Drive.  Crews will also complete concrete driveway apron and concrete sidewalk installation work.  Minor roadway grading work may also occur following curb installation throughout the neighborhood.  

Next week, crews are expecting to complete roadway grading and paving of the first layer of asphalt pavement.  More information regarding specific dates for this work will be posted with next week’s project update. 

September 27, 2016

In the past week, crews completed subgrade excavation and preliminary grading work throughout the Highland Forest neighborhood. Starting today, crews will be installing curb and driveway aprons along Elm Lane, Elm Cir., and Thomas Circle.  Residents on these streets are encouraged to park on adjacent streets (Highland Drive & Thomas Ave) until curb installation is completed, and then will be allowed to park adjacent to the curb in front of your properties until driveway restoration is restored.  Driveway restoration is anticipated to be completed this Saturday, October 1.  

Curb installation and driveway apron work on Thomas Ave. and Brookview Drive is anticipated to occur the week of October 3rd.  Residents on these streets will receive notices of parking restrictions prior to curb work occurring.  Residents are encouraged to check their front doors daily for flyers regarding parking restrictions ahead of and during and curb installation work.

September 20, 2016


Crews completed reclamation and removal of curb on the non-watermain sides of roadways throughout the neighborhood.  This week, crews are working to complete subgrade excavation of these halves of the roadways, and complete the placement of reclaimed aggregate base.  Crews are anticipating grading the roadways to prep for curb installation starting on Monday, September 26 (weather dependent).  If curb installation does begin on Monday, residents will be notified via a flyer in their front doors regarding parking restrictions and alternative parking locations on adjacent streets during curb installation.  Residents are encouraged to check for flyers daily through the completion of the curb work, as parking locations may vary from day-to-day due to the limited parking availability on adjacent streets such as Upton Ave. and Penn Ave. 

September 13, 2016

All underground utility work was completed in the Highland Forest neighborhood last week.  Crews have completed subgrade excavation and aggregate placement on Brookview Drive and the watermain half of Thomas Ave.  Crews will be completing subgrade excavation and aggregate placement on the watermain side of Thomas Cir., Elm Ln, and Elm Cir. still this week.  Once completed, crews will reclaim the non-watermain side of the roadways and begin the road excavation work on those halves of the road.  General road grading work is anticipated to be completed during the week of September 19th, after which curb installation will occur.    

September 7, 2016

Crews continue to be hampered by recent rains, and are continuing to perform minor grading work to maintain access to properties throughout the neighborhood.  Utility crews anticipate completing storm sewer work on Thomas Ave. and Elm Lane this week, while grading work continues on Brookview Drive.  

City and contractor staff understand the inconvenience associated with the construction, and are working to ensure adequate access to properties as a primary and daily goal.  We appreciate your patience as we continue to work to complete this project work. 

August 29, 2016

Crews have completed utility work on Brookview Drive, and will be focusing efforts this week to excavate and re-grade the roadway from Upton Ave. to Penn Ave.  Due to school starting the week of September 6, crews are expecting to have Brookview Drive in a graded, gravel condition that will remain accessible to school bus traffic as curb and paving work occurs later in September.

Crews will be completing storm sewer and sanitary sewer structure modifications along Thomas Ave., as well as watermain service reconnections on Thomas Ave. and Thomas Cir. this week.  Once all permanent water service connections are completed in the neighborhood, temporary water main will be removed from the boulevard areas. 

August 23, 2016


Crews completed the watermains on Brookview Drive and are currently testing and disinfecting those mains.  Permanent water service connections on Brookview Drive are anticipated to occur at the end of this week.

Crews will be completing watermain installation on Thomas Ave. and Thomas Cir. today, and will then begin work on storm sewer modifications on Thomas Ave.  

City and Contractor staff are aware of the complications associated with access on Brookview Drive from both Penn Ave. and Upton Ave.  Crews are working to maintain a one-lane access route, with a primary focus on driveway access for residents and emergency vehicle access.  Residents who do not live on Brookview Drive are encouraged to utilize other streets in the neighborhood to the greatest extent possible.  

August 17, 2016

Crews completed re-connecting water services on Elm Lane and Elm Circle in the past week, as well as completed two watermains on Brookview Drive.  For the remainder of this week, watermain installation will occur along Thomas Ave. and Thomas Circle, with crews anticipating completing service reconnections on Brookview Drive the week of August 22.

Grading crews removed the west half of pavement on Thomas Ave. in advance of watermain installation yesterday.  Grading crews anticipating beginning subgrade work on Elm Lane, Elm Circle, and Brookview Drive the week of August 22.  

August 9, 2016

Crews completed work in the Upton Ave./Elm Lane intersection last week, and re-paved Upton Ave.  Crews also completed pavement reclamation on Brookview Drive, and are actively installing watermain on the north side.  There is also watermain located on the south side of Brookview Drive that will be replaced later this week and into next week.

Also upcoming this week, crews anticipating re-connecting water services on Elm Lane and Elm Circle, as well as completing storm sewer improvements on both streets.  Crews are also anticipating reclaiming half of Thomas Ave. in preparation for watermain installation starting the week of August 15. 

August 2, 2016

Crews have completed temporary watermain installation in the Highland Forest neighborhood.  Residents on Elm Cir. had the temporary watermain activated last week, while the remaining properties will have the temporary watermain activated over the coming week.  Residents are encouraged to check their front doors for flyers regarding temporary water activation. 

Crews are installing new watermain on Elm Cir., and then will proceed to Elm Drive.  Depending on progress, crews may complete this work by the end of the week, and move down to install watermain on Brookview Drive.  Brookview Drive will receive pavement reclamation prior to watermain installation occurring.  

Comcast continues relocation work within the Highland Forest neighborhood. Crews are installing new cable lines in boulevard areas via directional drilling.  Excavation around utility boxes can be anticipated.  Comcast’s work is anticipated to be completed this week.  

July 26, 2016
 
Comcast continues relocation work within the Highland Forest neighborhood. Crews are installing new cable lines in boulevard areas via directional drilling.  Excavation around utility boxes can be anticipated.  Comcast’s work is anticipated to last another two weeks.  

The City’s Contractor completed potholing gas main crossings throughout the Highland Forest neighborhood.  Crews also are in the final stages of setting up temporary water piping, and will be completing disinfection, flushing, and final testing prior to connecting homes later this week. Residents should look for flyers in their front doors regarding temporary water installation information. 

Crews anticipate reclaiming the watermain side of the roadways later this week into next week, and will start removing reclaimed material to a stockpile site located in Highland Forest Park.  Watermain installation is anticipated to start at the end of this week on Elm Circle, and then will proceed to Elm Lane.   

July 19, 2016
 
Comcast has started relocation work within the Highland Forest neighborhood. Crews are installing new cable lines in boulevard areas via directional drilling.  Excavation around utility boxes can be anticipated.  Comcast’s work is anticipated to last 2-3 weeks.  

The City’s Contractor has started potholing gas main crossings throughout the Highland Forest neighborhood.  Property owners can expect to see potholes in boulevard areas (behind the curb) and at certain locations within the street section, marked with cones and construction barriers.  

Beginning after July 20th, crews will be installing temporary water in FRONT YARDS approximately 7’ behind the curb.  At driveways, crews will place wood planks and gravel to allow residents to drive over the temporary water lines while they are in service.  Residents should look for flyers in their front doors regarding temporary water installation information.  

July 12, 2016

Comcast will begin relocation work within the Highland Forest neighborhood later this week. Crews will be installing new cable lines in boulevard areas via directional drilling.  Excavation around utility boxes can be anticipated.  Comcast’s work is anticipated to last 2-3 weeks.  

The City’s Contractor will also begin potholing gas main crossings throughout the Highland Forest neighborhood later this week.  Property owners can expect to see potholes in boulevard areas (behind the curb) and at certain locations within the street section, marked with cones and construction barriers.  

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 Highland Forest neighborhood, likely beginning after Memorial Day (May 30th).  Work will last approximately 2-3 weeks.  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 in Elm Circle and at the intersection of Elm Circle/Elm Drive and Upton Ave. within the week.  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 not begin utility work in the Highland Forest neighborhood until after July 4th.  A more firm starting date will be provided in a later update.

In the interim, 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 Highland Forest 3rd Addition 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:

Highland Forest 3rd Addition 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 Highland Forest 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 Highland Forest neighborhood, primarily in Elm Circle.  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:
 
Highland Forest Neighborhood Meeting Notice

Highland Forest Neighborhood Street Reconstruction Map


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