2015 Street and Utility Reconstruction

Project Summary:

Project Type:
Street and Utility Improvements

City of New York Mills


The City of New York Mills has made significant investments over the last 20 years to replace aging street and underground utility infrastructure within the community.  As part of this continued effort, the City worked with Apex Engineering Group to take the next step in replacing deteriorated streets, water mains, and sanitary sewers.  Together, Apex and the City teamed to identify, evaluate, and prioritize an improvement project that would encompass more than 20 city blocks of various infrastructure enhancements.  The updated areas include portions of the downtown retail district, residential neighborhoods, alleys, and more rural periphery portions of the City.

Project Details:

The City of New York Mills, MN requested the assistance of Apex to provide a full range of engineering and consulting services in connection with the 2015 Street and Utility Reconstruction. The initial stages of the project required a significant amount of public engagement that included property owner surveys, neighborhood meetings, and public hearings. This preparation aided in the formation of the scope of the project, construction sequencing, and design decisions. Apex also assisted the City in securing funding through the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority that ultimately helped finance a large portion of the capital costs associated with the project.

The improvements included urban street reconstruction, sidewalks, decorative street lighting, sanitary sewer, watermain, service laterals, and storm sewer. Due to the size of the project and concerns regarding access and impacts to adjacent properties, the project was constructed in phases over two years. A significant communication effort was implemented during the construction phase to ensure citizens were abreast of the construction progress and impacts. This was accomplished through weekly email blasts and public progress meetings with the contractors. The project was completed in the spring of 2017.

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