Sunset Street project in Albert Lea includes new sidewalk

PHOTO CREDIT: City of Albert Lea

The City of Albert Lea completed a $1.74 million concrete street and utility reconstruction project on Sunset Street from Highway 13 to Lakeview Boulevard in 2017. The upgrade included replacing the street itself, curb and gutter and the aging infrastructure under the street.

City officials estimated the age of the water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer lines to be between 80- and 90-years-old.

To provide walkers a safer way to access Fountain Lake, the city also installed a 5-foot-wide concrete sidewalk on the north side of the street. That required narrowing the street and shifting it within the existing street right of way. The completed 34-foot-wide street also included two 12-foot-wide driving lanes and one, 8-foot parking lane on the south side of the street and a 2- foot buffer on the north side of the street.

Subsoil impacted selection of concrete

Like the nearby Lakeview Boulevard street project completed two years earlier, City Engineer Steven Jahnke said concrete was chosen because of the poor subsoil.

Most of the Sunset Street project $1.74 million costs were paid with Municipal State Aid Street funds. The city assessed property owners along the route $324,000. The city contributed $190,000 from its sanitary sewer enterprise fund and $284,000 from its water enterprise fund.

Project Dates:

June 2017 – October 2017

Project details

  • Total cost: $1.74 million; with construction costs totaling about $1.48 million
  • Concrete depth: 8 inches on 8 inches of Class 5 Aggregate sub base and 12 inches of Class 3 select granular sub base
  • Total project length: 0.4 miles
  • Total Concrete Placed: 2,039 CY (1,614 CY for the street, 290 CY for curb and gutter and 135 CY for the sidewalk.)


Owner: City of Albert Lea

Project Engineers: Bolton & Menk, Mankato

Prime Contractor: Quam Construction, Willmar

Concrete contractor: Hoffman Concrete, Mankato

Concrete Supplier: Croell, Inc, Albert Lea

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