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The planning funded by the grant should be complete by the end of the school year, said Brooklyn Center Public Works Director and City Engineer Steve Lillehaug.
It has focused on schools in the city that serve students in kindergarten through sixth grade, he said. Possible improvements range from adding or improving sidewalks and crosswalks near schools in addition to signage, according to Lillehaug. The city's regular street reconstruction projects could include some of the improvements. MnDOT also offers grants for implementing projects identified during the planning stage, Lillehaug said. "We have a pretty good system but there are some missing elements that we've identified and we'll be addressing," he said. A grant from Active Living Hennepin County is funding the development of school route maps in Brooklyn Center, Lillehaug said. Additionally, the city and county are partners in a study of methods to increase walking and biking in Brooklyn Center. The study, which includes a survey of residents, is expected to be complete by the end of the year, Lillehaug said. "The goal of all of this is to encourage students and the community to lead healthier lifestyles," he said. Overall, the grants have provided the city an opportunity to evaluate all of its systems for pedestrians, Lillehaug said. Residents may complete the biking and walking survey online through Monday, July 1, at surveymonkey.com/s/BCPedBikeStudy. Info: 763-569-3340 (Steve Lillehaug) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Lillehaug, the public works director in that city, told KARE he's hoping to get a lot of life out of the new materials.
"When these were installed in 2010 the price was $13.74 per square foot, which amounted to about $50,000 per intersection," he said. "Life expectancy for the different marking options can be and is highly variable, dependent on many factors." He said traditional epoxy paint is rated to last five years in this climate. Lillehaug said another alternative to thermoplastic is known poly-preformed plastic, which comes in standard sizes and can be less expensive depending on the size of the project.
To put the work load of Public Works crews in perspective Brooklyn Center City Engineer Steve Lillehaug says consider this; last year at this time the city had cleaned up four snow and ice events and spread 96 tons of salt.
"We want to do everything we can on the city's end to help revitalize this area and to put this infrastructure in place to make this a real, ideal location for businesses to come and make their home," said Steven Lillehaug, Brooklyn Center's director of public works.
• Closing gaps to link paved trails in the area, which Lillehaug said would increase pedestrian traffic and bolster recreational options in the area and help keep pedestrians off roads. The $5.5 million cost could be scaled back, Lillehaug said, by holding off on "optional elements" such as replacing guardrails and "safety and pedestrian enhancements that are a little above and beyond." The basic proposal would cost about $2.5 million, he said, and the city is prepared to kick in at least a portion of the extra half-million. On top of that, the project will require another $500,000 in administrative costs, such as consulting and legal fees, and staff compensation. As for funding contributions from other sources, Lillehaug expects to know in coming months. The city aims to have approval to move forward by mid-October, a contractor secured by December and the project under way by next spring, Lillehaug said. He expects its completion by late summer or early fall 2010.
Steve LillehaugAssistant City Engineer