The City of Redwood Falls is preparing for a $2.7 million Drew Street reconstruction this summer.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the council approved a task order with the engineering firm of Bolton and Menk, Inc., to supervise the project. It is actually phase two of a long-running goal of updating decades’ worth of outdated street infrastructure in one of Redwood Falls’ most populated neighborhoods. Phase one of the project was completed in 2007 with E. 2nd Street heavily rebuilt to redo the street, storm water, and water utility systems. 

The second phase, to start this summer, will reconstruct all of Drew Street south of 2nd Street. This includes sanitary sewer, water, storm sewer, curb-gutter, existing sidewalks, and street. The main utility  driving the reconstruction project is the sanitary sewer, which will be replaced at a larger diameter and  adjusted grade to meet the new flow line in 2nd Street, which will increase capacity and flow. Private sewer connections will be stubbed out to the limits of the right of way and connected.  

The project by utility is included in the proposed 2021 budget with a project estimate of $2,726,220.00.  The estimated cost consists of the anticipated construction costs, contingency, engineering and  legal/administrative costs.  

Bidding on the project is expected to begin in March, with winning bids awarded in April. Construction is expected to begin this coming summer. Completion of the Drew Street reconstruction is anticipated for Oct. 1, 2022.