Phase 4 is on track for improving streets and utilities in Eagle Bend

The construction area map as prepared by Bolton and Menk, the engineers who have been in charge of the many phases of street and utility projects being done in the city of Eagle Bend over the past several years. The area marked in red is both street and utility reconstruction while the area marked in orange is only street construction.

by Karin L. Nauber

A public assessment hearing was held on Tuesday, February 16 in regard to the Phase 4 Street and Utility Improvement Project for the city of Eagle Bend.

The main project area is on Third Avenue and South St. West (in red on the map). The other smaller area is street construction on Oak Drive (in orange on the map).

The main reason for the proposed project is because the 50-60-year-old sewer mains and services along with the water mains, hydrants, valves, and service lines are deteriorating and need to be replaced.

They know this because the sewer lines are seeing nearly 80,000,000 gallons of water loss per year instead of the 13,000,000 which is anticipated.

There is an estimated 30% water loss.

Additionally, the pavement has quite deteriorated in both locations and there are surface water drainage issues.

Bolton and Menk Engineer Bryan Drown presented the history of the Phase 4 project which began with a feasibility study done in October 2019. The council ordered bidding in January 2021 and intends to open the bids in March.

In order for a property to be assessed, it must have a direct benefit. The hearing being held was to allow for input from the community. There were a handful of people present for the hearing, but no questions were asked at the end of the hearing. . .

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