City staff meets with taxpayers on planned East Main project

MARSHALL – Planned water and sewer line work around East Main Street near the Minnesota Highway 23 intersection will mean some road closures requiring detours, Marshall city staff said Tuesday night. However, more details on when and where traffic would need to be diverted will still need to be worked out, as the project is designed.

Staff from the city engineering department met with property owners from an area covering parts of Southview Drive, East Main Street and E Street on Tuesday to go over basic plans for utility and street improvements. Marshall Public Works Director Glenn Olson said the Minnesota Department of Transportation plans to reconstruct East Main Street between Hy-Vee and the Highway 23 intersection in 2015. Before that happens, the city would like to update water and sanitary sewer lines in the area.

Assistant City Engineer Shane Waterman said city construction would include the installation of a 16-inch water main from Southview Drive near Wherley Moving, along East Main and about 200 feet of E Street. Sanitary sewer lines would also be replaced on East Main Street and E Street.

Waterman noted that the utility work would affect several intersections with Main Street, from E Street to Southview Drive. The work at the E Street intersection would be pretty intense, he said, as there is an old lift station there that will need to be removed, and Great Plains Natural Gas will need to relocate gas lines in the area. Intersections will need to be closed for parts of the project, he said.

Waterman said the project is still in the design stages right now. However, a public hearing on the project will be held at the May 13 meeting of the Marshall City Council, and Waterman said the city hoped to take bids in June.

Business owners affected by the construction expressed concerns about finding alternate routes for traffic, especially when the Main Street/Southview Drive intersection is closed. Olson said he thought city staff should get input from business owners to help figure out access routes for customers.

The city utility and street project has an estimated cost of about $1.3 million. However, Olson said he expected there to be only smaller special assessments made. Utility lines and street resurfacing would not be assessed to property owners, he said. The only items that would be assessed were sanitary sewer hookups from the new mains to individual property lines and reconstructed driveway aprons.

In the future, Olson said, the city would also be keeping in touch with affected property owners and providing public information on road closings and other project details.