For further information, please contact:

Phil Wacholz, PE
County Engineer
Freeborn County

Steven Jahnke, PE
City Engineer and Director or Public Works
City of Albert Lea


Will there be bike lanes?

There will not be dedicated on-street bike lanes. The project includes new sidewalks and trail:
–   5-foot sidewalk on the west side from Marshall Street to the fair grounds
–   6-foot sidewalk on the east side from Marshall Street to the fair grounds, and a 10-foot trail on the east side from the fair grounds to Hammer Road.

Will any stoplights be removed? If so, will there be a 4-way stop sign installed?

The traffic signal at the intersection of Bridge Avenue and Hawthorne Street will be removed as part of the improvement project. The new intersection will include stop signs for cars on Hawthorne approaching Bridge Avenue. There will not be stop signs for cars on Bridge Avenue. A Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) will be installed to enhance the safety of pedestrians crossing Bridge Avenue.

Will the road be widened at all?

The roadway and the utility pipes beneath the roadway will be completely reconstructed, however the new roadway will be approximately the same width as the current roadway.

Will there be a left turn lane at Hawthorne?

At the intersection of Bridge Avenue and Hawthorne Street there will be a northbound left turn lane and a southbound left turn lane. 

Are there going to be any roundabouts?

There will not be any roundabouts included in the project. They were studied as possible alternatives during the preliminary design of the project; however, other forms of intersection control were recommended.

When will construction start and how long will it take? Will it affect the Fair?

Construction will start in February 2020 and the project is scheduled to be substantially complete by November 2020. Final project paving and cleanup will be done in 2021.  The Freeborn County Fair will go on as scheduled.

Will the road be done in segments or all at once?

When a contractor has been selected, we will work with them on an acceptable construction phasing plan. The intent is to have the construction work split into three phases (south, middle, north) to help minimize the inconvenience.

How will the new sanitary sewer and water pipes get connected to houses along Bridge Avenue?

The project includes complete removal and replacement of the existing water main and sanitary sewer pipes in Bridge Avenue. New sanitary and water service pipes will be extended from the new main to each home. The contractor will connect the new service lines to your existing service at the property line.

Does the homeowner need to replace the private sanitary and water service pipes in our yard (from the property line to the house)?

Homeowners may want to consider replacing their private lines (sanitary and water) during the project. The cost of this work would be the homeowner’s responsibility and would need to be coordinated with the project work.

Will I be without water during construction?

The contractor will be required to maintain water service during the water main replacement. This may be accomplished by utilizing a temporary water service pipe. The contractor will be responsible for developing a construction schedule that will identify when each section of water main will be replaced.
There will be short interruptions (usually less than  one day) when water service is switched from old to new pipe or to the temporary service pipe. There may also be interruption when the sanitary sewer service is replaced. Homeowners will be notified prior to interruptions.