Railroad crossing upgrades approved
Lots of rock blasting expected in $290,000 project on city's east side
April 16. 2014 6:00AM
The City of Dell Rapids will cover about 60 percent of the bill for upgrades to a string of railroad crossings, a utility line and two blocks of road near the east edge of town later this year.
Design plans and a cost breakdown for replacing four D & I Railroad crossings at the entrance of L.G. Everist, two blocks of Beach Avenue and the degrading sewer main beneath were approved by the City Council last week
The engineer work by DGR Engineering forecasted the total project cost at $290,000.
Dell Rapids taxpayers will cover about $170,000 of that.
City administrator Justin Weiland said April 7 that costs are higher than anticipated when L.G. Everist first approached the city about improving the Beach Avenue crossing system because original plans had only the north three crossing being replaced.
“The initial plan was just to replace the top three. So that added another 60 feet of sewer to be installed,” he said.
The existing sewer line is much smaller than what it will be replaced with, forcing engineers to anticipate blasting when they came up with project estimates, Weiland said.
“There’s elevated costs in there because we are expecting quite a bit of rock blasting,” he said.
L.G. Everist’s portion of the project, about $120,000, pays for curb and gutter and road surfacing costs. The rock and gravel mining company also will pay to build the new road and crossings at a higher elevation.
“It has to be raised about four inches where the railroad crossings are,” Weiland said.
At the request of L.G. Everist, work will begin in the fall after the height of the construction season.
Library project opens bids in two weeks
Utility relocation work at the Dell Rapids Carnegie Library starts this week ahead of a $1.05 million renovation and construction project at the 104-year-old building, expected to begin in late May.
Tom Earley, with the Dell Rapids Library Board, said the library will close May 9 after utility work is completed and before the building upgrades begin.
Library operations will continue on May 19 in the northeast corner of the former elementary school.
Bids for the renovation and construction project open April 30. A pre-bid meeting with contractors and city officials is at 11 a.m. today at City Hall.