Weather Forces Delay to Brooklyn Park Road Project
Mother Nature is throwing a few roadblocks on local road construction. We had a lot of rain in May, average rainfall in June, but this July has been double the average amount for the month.
The rain has set back projects like the one on Yukon and 63rd Avenues in Brooklyn Park. Another issue has been the clay soil in that particular area. Officials say it’s one of the few areas in the city with clay soil, which is part of the reason why the road is getting a makeover.
“The heavier clay soil is underneath, kind of broke up the road,” said Brooklyn Park City Engineer Jesse Struve. “One of the reasons we’re having so much problem is just the rain.”
Crews are also replacing all sanitary sewer lines to area homes. The rain has delayed the project longer than scheduled.
“Multiple weeks, two-three weeks behind what the contractor originally wanted to be at,” said Struve.
Inconvenience for Residents
Bob Mata lives on the street where the Brooklyn Park road project is being done. He’s felt the pain of trying to navigate his street.
“It’s been muddy as can be,” said Mata. “We’ve had a number of people got stuck. We had a mail truck get stuck in here that didn’t belong in here.”
The city is trying to make it easier on residents and anyone else who has to navigate through all the construction. When the crews are not working, residents are free to use the road. The city put down about $7,000 worth of rock to help neighborhood drivers avoid getting stuck.
This is the last of four consecutive reconstruction projects in this area. The total cost is about $3 million. Struve says it will all be over in a few months.
“Once the pipework is complete, we will be starting the subcutting of the roads and getting pavement on as quickly as we can,” Struve said.
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