The Willow Street reconstruction project is essentially complete, but the West Avenue and Randolph Road projects will need another two to three weeks or so of decent weather to reach the finish line yet this fall.

"West Avenue is still in the throes of construction right now," Detroit Lakes City Engineer Jon Pratt told the City Council at the Tuesday night, Oct. 8, meeting. "We will need Mother Nature to cooperate for another couple of weeks (to finish on time)."

Construction on Randolph Road, meanwhile, has fallen "a bit behind schedule," Pratt added, but said that, weather permitting, they could begin the paving portion of the project early next week.

"I'm optimistic that the weather will rebound," Pratt added, referring to the unseasonably early snowstorms that were expected to roll into the region late Thursday and continue through much of the weekend.

Pratt also noted during Tuesday's council meeting that the city had been fortunate to receive a $2.5 million grant from the state's Public Facilities Authority to help pay for the West Avenue and Willow Street improvements.

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Because the city did receive the grant, that means not only the city's cost for the project will be reduced, but the assessments to landowners along the two streets will go down as well. As a result, the council has scheduled a special re-assessment hearing on the project for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, due to the fact that the assessment rolls had to be recalculated.

The West Avenue and Willow Street projects included full utility and street reconstruction — water and sewer mains, new street, curb and gutter — for all of West Avenue, which runs along the west side of the Canadian Pacific Railway corridor in Detroit Lakes from Highway 10 to Willow Street, as well as for Willow Street from Washington Avenue east to Jackson Avenue.

Work session

The City Council and and its public safety committee have set a special work session for 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, in the council chambers. This meeting has been scheduled specifically so that architects from BKV Group can give city officials an update on plans for the new $6.5 million city police department facility that is scheduled to break ground next summer. It is open to the public.