Four Maplewood Streets Targeted for Upgrades

The streets are scheduled for upgrades after the 2012-13 fiscal year begins in July.

Maplewood City Council identified which streets will receive funding for upgrades during the next fiscal year, which will begin on July 1.

During a city council work session last Monday, council members selected Marietta, Marshall, Walter and Yale avenues for upgrades at an estimated cost of $1.6 million.

The most expensive project will be Yale Avenue because the street will require complete reconstruction. Yale is estimated to cost $852,000.

The city previously estimated a $1 million cost for the road, but officials found a way to save money while adding green space, said Anthony Traxler, director of .

The city plans to extend the tree lawn by about three feet on each side of Yale Avenue—from one-and-a-half feet to roughly four-and-a-half feet. On-street parking will still be available.

By extending the tree lawn, the city will reduce pavement costs, Traxler said.

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While some streets are in equal or worse condition than Marietta and Marshall avenues, those streets were selected because of the high volume of traffic they receive, Traxler said.

Marietta, which will require thicker pavement because of the truck traffic it receives, is estimated to cost $292,000. Marshall is estimated to cost $307,590.

Walter Avenue, at an estimated cost of $185,000, will be upgraded between James Street and Pacific Avenue.

City officials recently completed a streets inventory—a document that ranks every road in Maplewood based on present condition. The map will be uploaded to the city's website, Traxler said.

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Pat Maloney (Wilken) February 06, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I think it is great, our city is fixing our streets. Hopefully, because they think Marietta gets a lot of traffic, that after they are done at the ECC, they will hopefully, fix our streets, including Oakland, Comfort and Burgess. We have so many construction trucks going up and down our streets over here, that our streets are horrible. I have also noticed an awful lot of Fedex and UPS going back and forth, at least 10 or more times a day. I think they use us as a bypass street. Some of the construction trucks are so long, (longer than a semi) that they have a hard time turning corners. I have even seen some of them tear the wires down, as they go through. I realize this is the only way in and out of ECC's back area, so they have to do it this way. Just saying I hope they will fix these streets, after the construction is done.
Ian Storm February 06, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Ryan - Can you try and do an update/story when this information is actually posted to the city website? "City officials recently completed a streets inventory—a document that ranks every road in Maplewood based on present condition. The map will be uploaded to the city's website, Traxler said."
Ryan Martin (Editor) February 06, 2012 at 05:32 PM
It would be my pleasure, Ian.
Ryan Martin (Editor) February 16, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Ian, the street inventory is now on the city's website at http://www.cityofmaplewood.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=132 and attached to this article as a PDF.
Ian Storm February 16, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Thanks Ryan! My street is a 2, big surprise!
Ryan Martin (Editor) February 16, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Uhoh! Which street is that?


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