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Birch Avenue Infrastructure and Streetscape Improvements

New infrastructure provides momentum for additional improvements

Maple Lake, Minnesota

Birch Avenue needed infrastructure replacement, and its business owners wanted an improved downtown experience for the public. As the city’s engineer, Stantec was the logical choice to design a full street and utility reconstruction for the Birch Avenue area.

We first evaluated the existing infrastructure, looking for the most cost-effective design solution. We recommended and designed new sanitary sewers, storm sewers, and water mains throughout most of the project, and lined selected existing sanitary sewers (or sanitary lines) in residential neighborhoods. To save costs, we reclaimed and reused existing asphalt as the base for the new pavement.

Many businesses were actively involved in the streetscape planning, working with Stantec and the city to find the right balance of aesthetics and budget. The design included regular and decorative concrete, concrete pavers, and decorative street lighting. The streetscape also included tree grates to control surface water runoff and to assist in irrigation. Additional funds were donated to further beautify the downtown with flags and flower baskets.

With this infrastructure in place, Maple Lake continues to improve Birch Avenue and revitalize its downtown.

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