While street construction in Sleepy Eye is slated to be completed by Oct. 31, there have been a few hiccups along the way.
Soon after the labor day weekend, residents were happy to see paving crews beginning to pave streets and take down road closed signs. But it seemed soon after they appeared they disappeared again. Where did they go?
According to Public Works Director Bob Elston, the concrete crew that was supposed to be putting in curb and gutter ahead of the paving crew, M&R Paving out of New Ulm, began to fall behind and then pulled out all together. That meant substitute crew(s) had to be found to come in and finish the work. The long, hot, dry summer proved to mean steady business for many concrete companies who are short on time and long on work.
A crew was found and has been in Sleepy Eye since Friday, Sept. 21 finishing up the curb and gutters on streets in the southeast quadrant of Sleepy Eye so the pavers can come in and finish their work.
The first areas set to be paved are the southeast area of Maple and Water streets, as well as 3rd and 4th Avenues Southeast. These were the first areas to have new curb and gutter in place.
According to Elston, Brackenridge Street from Trinity Lutheran Church, Emmerich Street by Keifer Park and 2nd Ave NW by the power plant building all now have curb and gutter.
The next step, according to Elston, is that crews will scrape the street to prepare it for blacktop.
“If a street that was under construction for the summer hasn’t been blacktopped by Sept. 28, the streets should see it by the first week of October.
Residents may notice an uneven street surface next to the curb and gutter. Elston explained that only one layer of blacktop will be laid down this fall.
“The reason only one layer is being laid down is because when we added water and sewer mains we ended up digging a trench of approximately seven feet,” Elston explained. “Even though these trenches have been filled, they will settle over the winter and the street will settle with it.”
“To prevent an uneven driving surface,” Elston added, “the second layer of blacktop will be added in the spring making the street smooth, and any bumps or dips in areas of roadways that settled more over the winter will be smoothed out.”