Municipal Projects

Minnesota and McKinely Avenues

Detroit Lakes, MN

Urban Street and Underground Utility Reconstruction
Services Provided
  • Preliminary Engineering Report
  • Public Engagement and Hearings
  • Storm Sewer Analysis/Hydraulics
  • Preparation of Plans and Specifications
  • Bidding Phase Services
  • Construction Administration and Observation
  • Special Assessment Administration

Both Minnesota and McKinley Avenue had significant deficiencies in the street surface and underlying utilities; some utilities were more than 80 years old and beginning to fail. In addition, changes to local traffic patterns had resulted significant traffic volume increases on McKinley Avenue.


The project scope included full reconstruction of the street, curb and gutter, sidewalks, and replacement of the underground infrastructure which included sanitary sewer, watermain, and storm sewer. Several design alternates were developed to increased traffic capacity, provide on street parking, and preserve the character of the residential areas adjacent to the project. A 10-foot wide multi-use trail was incorporated along the McKinley Avenue corridor. This was important for development of the proposed Heartland State Trail extension through the City. Construction coordination and staging was a critical project component in order to maintain access to the business districts adjacent to the northern ends of each project segment.


Bids were awarded in July of 2013 and the project was completed in the spring of 2014.