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5-24-24 Project Update

5-24-24 Project Update

Rain, rain, go away… Although work has progressed on Main Street over the course of the past week, the
rain has impacted some of the activities that were planned to be completed. Early this week, Knife Lake
Concrete worked on the installation of sidewalk on the easterly portion of Phase 1 (Third to Fifth Avenue)
and touched up the missing sections of concrete in areas that were not completed last week. Ottertail
Aggregate hauled in the last of the aggregate base in the phase and has worked on shaping and compacting
the roadbed throughout the week. On Thursday, Parsons Electric started laying the conduits for the new
lighting on the east side of Phase 1 and will continue into early next week.
On Phase 2, R.L. Larson continued the underground utility replacement with watermain connections to the
Emergency Services Building and the installation of a new hydrant. Storm sewer was also installed in the
phase, with one storm sewer inlet remaining that will be completed with the work on Phase 3.
On Wednesday, the detour for Phase 3 was implemented, with a closure of Main Street from Phase 2 to the
intersection of County Highways 34 and 51. Following the placement of the detour, Ottertail Aggregate
started removals at the intersection of Seventh Avenue West and will continue throughout the day today
toward the western end of the phase. The pavement, curb and gutter has been left in place between Sixth
and Seventh Avenue, as no utility replacement will occur on that block. The intention is to leave the
surface on the block until the new roadway preparation is scheduled.
On Thursday and today, R.L. Larson is working on connections for various properties in Phase 3 into the
temporary water system. The underground utility improvements on Phase 3 will consist primarily of
watermain replacement and the temporary water system will provide water to the buildings along the
phase during the replacement.
With the rain today, the scheduled paving of Phase 1 has been delayed into next week. Central Specialties
is planning to pave the first phase of the project on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, weather
dependent. Other contractors will be completing work on the Phase throughout the week, with the
electrical conduits, irrigation, and other items behind the curb being completed.
Knife Lake Concrete will be back in town mid-week to begin the construction of the sidewalk on Phase 1.
The sidewalk will be completed in various sections to allow for a colored portion of walk to guide
pedestrian access. The first concrete sidewalk that will be poured next week will be the “ribbon” sidewalk.
This sidewalk is the narrowest section of the walk closest to the building and varies in width (six inches to
nearly two feet) based on the distance from the buildings to the curb. Businesses will be notified the day
prior to the pouring of the ribbon walk, to prepare for alternative access.
2024 Main Street Project Update
Main Street, Second Avenue Northeast, and Seventh Avenue Southeast
With utilities completed in Phase 2, Ottertail Aggregate will begin the excavation of the existing material on
the roadway to prepare for the installation of the aggregate base. R.L. Larson will continue with the
underground utility replacement on Phase 3 and will begin with the watermain work near the intersection
of Seventh Avenue and will be working west with the replacement. A minor shut down of neighboring
blocks will be communicated early in the week to allow for the installation of valves at the connection point
near Seventh Avenue.

5-17-24 Project Update

5-17-24 Project Update

Over the course of the past week, work has continued on Phases 1 and 2 on the Main Street Project. On
Phase 1, Ottertail Aggregate has completed the last of the removals of sidewalk and pavers and has been
hauling aggregate to the site preparing for the upcoming concrete and bituminous pavement
improvements. Knife Lake Concrete has been in town with various crews throughout the week, installing
the new concrete sidewalk from Sixth Avenue East to Eleventh Avenue East on the south side of Main
Street. This new sidewalk will provide a connection throughout the City along the busy roadway.
On Thursday, Knife Lake started the construction of the curb and gutter in Phase 1. Starting at the
intersection of Third Avenue East, Knife Lake worked their way east to the end of Phase 1 and turned
around to head back toward downtown. This morning, Knife Lake constructed the last of the curb and
gutter in Phase 1, with minor connections at storm sewer inlets and other areas being established through
the remainder of the day.
On Phase 2, one of R.L. Larson’s crews continued with the construction of the sanitary sewer mains and
services between Fifth and Sixth Avenue West. On Tuesday, one of the crews left town, with one crew
remaining for the rest of the underground improvements. R.L. Larson also placed a temporary water
system in advance of Phase 3 construction, which will provide water to the various properties along the
project area as the watermain is replaced in the upcoming phase.
Next week, work will continue throughout the project in various phases. Work in Phase 1 will primarily
consist of the installation of aggregate and shaping of the roadway to prepare for pavement later in the
week. Currently Central Specialties is scheduled to construct the bottom four inches of pavement on the
roadway later next week. As discussed last week, this work will be completed prior to the placement of
sidewalks in the phase to allow for the installation of light bases, irrigation, and other components beneath
the sidewalk. From Third to Fifth Avenue East, Knife Lake will begin working on driveway apron
replacement and other sidewalk construction. Please stay off the new concrete until directed to allow for
proper curing.
R.L. Larson anticipates completing the last of the underground utilities in Phase 2 throughout the course of
the week with hydrant relocations, water service modifications, and storm sewer installation at the
intersections.
On Wednesday, additional traffic control signage will be going up on the west end of the project in advance
of removals on Phase 3 (Seventh Avenue to County Highway 34/51). If R.L. Larson is able to complete the
utilities earlier in the week, Ottertail Aggregate will begin removals from Seventh Avenue to the west on
Thursday. Because there is no utility replacement on the block from Sixth to Seventh Avenue West, the
existing surfacing will remain until the street improvements are necessary in a few weeks.

5-10-24 Project Update

5-10-24 Project Update

Even with the rain early this week, construction has continued on Main Street. R.L. Larson’s two
construction crews finished the underground water, sewer, and storm sewer on Phase 1. Yesterday, one of
the crews shifted to Phase 2, the portion of Main Street from Fourth to Sixth Avenue West. The crew
started the sanitary sewer main replacement at Fourth Avenue and is working west. The second crew
finished excavating and installing conduit crossings at the intersection of Second Avenue East and will be
assisting with the replacement in Phase 2 now. NOTE: A minor shut down will be required to replace the
hydrant in front of the Emergency Services building during the week. Notification for the roughly four hour
shut-down will be provided to those affected by the limited water. R.L. Larson anticipates being done with
the main replacement within the next two weeks.
With the completion of the underground utilities on Phase 1, Ottertail Aggregate has started hauling Class 5
gravel for the road base. Currently, they are concentrating on the intersections through the first phase,
working from east to west, and will be moving to the remaining portions of Main Street over the next few
days. With approximately 1,000 tons of Class 5 per block, expect additional truck traffic.
Early next week, other subcontractors will be arriving in town to work in multiple areas of the project.
Parson’s Electric will be back on site installing additional conduits in the downtown area for irrigation and
lighting.
Knife Lake Concrete will also be arriving on site to begin work on the sidewalk east of Phase 1 that will
extend from Sixth Avenue East to Eleventh Avenue Southeast on the south side of Main Street. The plan is
to begin forming the improvements on Monday and pouring the concrete sidewalk throughout the
remainder of the week. Towards the end of next week, Knife Lake plans to begin constructing the new curb
and gutter in Phase 1. The curb and gutter will be the first noticeable component of the street
reconstruction, with sidewalk and pavement to follow. Because there are additional items that will be
installed within the sidewalk area, including irrigation, lights, trees, and various handholes for electrical
connections, the sidewalk construction will occur after the paving of the first four inches of bituminous
pavement on the roadway.
On Monday and throughout the course of the week, the City will be working with Arvig to replace natural
gas services to approximately ten properties in Phase 1. The services will be installed through a
combination of trenching and directional drilling to limit the impacts outside of Main Street.
2024 Main Street Project Update
Main Street, Second Avenue Northeast, and Seventh Avenue Southeast
With the early spring, we anticipate work to progress into additional phases over the next few weeks west
of downtown (Sixth Avenue West to County 34/51). More information will be provided as the phases
progress. There is the potential for a lull in construction during the middle of summer before the final
phase (1st Avenue to 4th Avenue West) which is unable to start until after the early part of August. For
specific information and maps regarding the phasing, please see the Chamber’s website, with a link located
at the end of this update.
If you have any questions, or want additional information on the project, the Perham Chamber of
Commerce has created a webpage dedicated to the project, which can be accessed at this link
(https://www.perham.com/2024msrp/). For more specific questions, feel free to contact the City Engineer,
Jade Berube, via email at jade.berube@apexenggroup.com, or City Manager, Jonathan Smith at
jsmith@cityofperham.com.

5/3/24 Project Update

5/3/24 Project Update

R.L. Larson’s two construction crews continue to work on the underground utility replacement in Phase 1,
completing the replacement of the sanitary sewer mains yesterday. On Thursday afternoon, one of the
crews also stubbed the sanitary sewer main out of Main Street north on Second Avenue Northeast in
advance of Phase 1B, which will occur later in the project following railroad permitting. The crew working
on the easterly portion of Phase 1 began sanitary sewer service replacement connecting homes to the new
mains late in the week. Today, service replacement will be the primary task both on the east and west
sides of Phase 1 with each crew working on connections.
On Monday, a short shut down of water for properties along Main Street from Second to Third Avenue East
will occur to allow for a connection and extension of watermain north on Second Avenue for Phase 1B. The
connection will require the intersection to be closed for vehicular crossings until completed. Following the
completion of the remaining sanitary sewer services and watermain, R.L. Larson will switch to the
replacement of the storm sewer, manholes, and inlets in Phase 1. The storm sewer excavations will occur
primarily at intersections, so shutdowns of various intersections will be necessary throughout the week.
Following the completion of the underground utilities, the remaining sidewalk sections and brick pavers will
have to be removed to allow for the preparation of subgrade and aggregate throughout the phase.
Following the removal, a combination of mats and temporary boardwalks will be placed to provide access
to downtown businesses. Next week, Ottertail Aggregate will begin working on subgrade preparation and
installation of aggregate base for the eventual roadbed. Based on the improvement scheduling, work will
start on the east end of Phase 1 and work to the west as additional utilities are completed. The 12 inches
of aggregate base will be placed in advance of the placement of conduits, irrigation, and eventual concrete
and bituminous pavement construction. Please do what you can to continue to support these businesses
while the improvements are being made.
On Monday morning, traffic control signage will be placed for the work on Phase 2 (Fourth Avenue to Sixth
Avenue West). Following the placement of traffic control, the roadway will be closed to allow for the
removal of trees, pavement, sidewalk, and other surface features in advance of the sanitary sewer
reconstruction. Removals will be completed over the course of the week, with underground utility
replacement scheduled to start the following week.
The detour for Phase 2 will re-direct traffic from Main Street to Second Street South between Third and
Seventh Avenues during the improvements. The intersection of Sixth Avenue West will be kept open to the
extent possible during construction to allow truck traffic to traverse the area but will be required to be
closed for the replacement of the sanitary sewer later in the phase. For specific information and maps
regarding the phasing, please see the Chamber’s website, with a link located at the end of this update.
2024 Main Street Project Update
Main Street, Second Avenue Northeast, and Seventh Avenue Southeast
On Monday morning, staff from the City and Apex will be in the back room at Lake’s Café from 8:00 to 8:30
and will be available to discuss schedule updates and other concerns from property owners, citizens, or
other interested community members.
If you have any questions, or want additional information on the project, the Perham Chamber of
Commerce has created a webpage dedicated to the project, which can be accessed at this link
(https://www.perham.com/2024msrp/). For more specific questions, feel free to contact the City Engineer,
Jade Berube, via email at jade.berube@apexenggroup.com, or City Manager, Jonathan Smith at
jsmith@cityofperham.com.

4-26-24 Project Update

4-26-24 Project Update

Construction is underway on Main Street and moving quickly. On Monday morning, removals started at
the intersection of Third Avenue East and Main Street and worked to the west toward First Avenue. The
existing pavement, curb and gutter, trees grates and lights were removed early this week, with completion
near the intersection of First Avenue on Tuesday. Following the removals, snow fencing was placed along
the existing brick pavers to allow pedestrian access to businesses in the first phase of construction.
On Tuesday, R.L. Larson replaced the existing fire hydrants at the intersections of Second and Third Avenue.
Thank you to all property owners along the first phase in working with the contractor for the temporary
water outage during the hydrant replacement.
On Wednesday, R.L. Larson started with the sanitary sewer replacement on the first phase. With two crews
in town, one started at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and the other at Third Avenue both working their
way to the west. The crew working in the downtown portion of the replacement area between Second and
Third Avenues is nearly complete with the sewer replacement including services on that block but stopped
work for the week a little early today with the rain. The crew replacing the sewer east of Third Avenue will
continue working to the west, with assistance from the second crew next week with the deeper sewer main
replacement.
On Monday, one of the crews will begin work back in the downtown area with sewer main replacement at
the intersection of Second Avenue. This work will require the closure of the intersection for the day.
Access to businesses on the north side of the roadway should utilize the back alley near the railroad tracks
until the utilities can be replaced. In addition to the sewer replacement in the intersection, a short shut
down of water to properties between Second and Third Avenue may be needed to stub water north on
Second Avenue in advance of Phase 1B, which will be connected to in the future.
By mid-week, both crews will be busy working on the sewer main replacement with one crew continuing
east of Third Avenue and the other crew concentrating on the block between First and Second Avenue East.
Following the sewer main replacement, services will be connected to properties along the block, which will
require a short-term sidewalk closure and removal of brick pavers to make the connections at the property
lines. Following the replacement, temporary mats or boardwalks will be placed in the area of the
excavation to allow for pedestrian access.
The current schedule is outlining a completion of all underground utilities in the first phase in
approximately two weeks, with surface grading to follow. With the expedited schedule, traffic control
signage will begin going up mid to late next week for Phase 2, from Fourth Avenue to Sixth Avenue West.
2024 Main Street Project Update
Main Street, Second Avenue Northeast, and Seventh Avenue Southeast

The signage will be placed in advance of removals, which are tentatively scheduled to begin the week of
May 6th.
On Monday morning, staff from the City and Apex will be in the back room at Lake’s Café from 8:00 to 8:30
and will be available to discuss schedule updates and other concerns from property owners, citizens, or
other interested community members.
If you have any questions, or want additional information on the project, the Perham Chamber of
Commerce has created a webpage dedicated to the project, which can be accessed at this link
(https://www.perham.com/2024msrp/). For more specific questions, feel free to contact the City Engineer,
Jade Berube, via email at jade.berube@apexenggroup.com, or City Manager, Jonathan Smith at
jsmith@cityofperham.com.
Wednesday April 25th Construction Photo

4-19-24 Project Update

4-19-24 Project Update

Activity has started on Main Street throughout the week as outlined in the last update. Early in the week,
some of the signage on Highway 10 directing Truck Traffic away from downtown was setup, with final
Traffic Control and Detour signage for the first phase going up on Wednesday. Some of the road closures
and detours were left in place overnight on Wednesday to allow for the removal of existing trees on the
block of Main Street between First and Third Avenue early Thursday morning. By mid-morning on
Thursday, Ottertail Aggregate got a jump start on the project to try to speed up the improvements by
beginning removals of the existing pavement along with the curb and gutter near the intersection of Fifth
Avenue East. By the end of day today, the contractor hopes to get removals to east side of the intersection
of Third Avenue East, or the Service Foods Signal Lights.
Following the construction meeting on Thursday afternoon, the contractor shifted some of the traffic
control signage between First Avenue and Third Avenue East to allow for traffic until the closure is
necessary early next week. The signage will remain up, but traffic will be allowed to utilize the roadway to
access businesses and park on the roadway through the weekend. On Monday morning, a closure of the
roadway will be necessary to allow for the removal of pavement and other surface features from Third
Avenue East to First Avenue. This closure will remain in place during the construction of the first phase,
however, a majority of the sidewalk will be left to allow pedestrians access through downtown. Please do
what you can to support the downtown businesses during the road closure with a little Main Street
walking.
Next week, more crews will be arriving in town to begin the utility replacement on the first phase of the
project. Ottertail Aggregate will continue removing the existing pavement and concrete on the first phase
of the project, concentrating on the two blocks from Third Avenue to the east side of First Avenue. Parsons
Electric will be disconnecting the existing lights east of First Avenue and removing the signals at Third
Avenue from service to allow utility improvements. In addition to the removal of the lights on the east side
of downtown, the traffic signal lights at First Avenue and Main Street will shift to flashing red, making it a
four way stop at the intersection during construction.
R.L. Larson will be moving their crew that is working on the north side of town in the Westwind and
Prairie’s Edge Additions to Main Street to begin the replacement of sanitary sewer starting at Fifth Avenue
East. R.L. Larson plans to bring another crew to town to speed the utility replacement scheduling. In
addition to sanitary sewer replacement, the existing fire hydrants at the intersections of Third and Second
Avenue East will be replaced. The replacement will require a short, two-to-three-hour shutdown of the
water services on the blocks downtown. The shutdown timing will be communicated to neighboring
properties in advance of the work to allow for property owners to work through short inconvenience.
2024 Main Street Project Update
Main Street, Second Avenue Northeast, and Seventh Avenue Southeast
Tentatively, the closures are planned for Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, with more specific
information to follow.
On Monday morning, an informal update will be held in the back room at Lake’s Café from 7:30 to 8:30. At
the meeting, city and engineering staff will be available to visit with property owners, citizens, or other
interested community members regarding scheduling concerns with the construction project.
If you have any questions, or want additional information on the project, the Perham Chamber of
Commerce has created a webpage dedicated to the project, which can be accessed at this link
(https://www.perham.com/2024msrp/). For more specific questions, feel free to contact the City Engineer,
Jade Berube, via email at jade.berube@apexenggroup.com, or City Manager, Jonathan Smith at
jsmith@cityofperham.com.

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