Work to correct last year’s portion of the Griggs-Scheffer street reconstruction project in Highland Park is now in full swing. Local residents met twice in August with representatives of the Saint Paul Department of Public Works and Ward 3 City Council member Chris Tolbert’s office to review the construction schedule.

The Griggs-Scheffer project was to be done in two phases—part in 2020 and part in 2021. However, earlier this summer Public Works officials determined that there are locations where the repair or replacement of sanitary sewer pipes is necessary. The need to redo some of the work from last year pushed back the second phase of Griggs-Scheffer to 2022.

The sewer work got underway on August 16 and is expected to last about six weeks. Sections of Juno, Watson, Hartford, Bayard and Scheffer avenues will be dug up. The intent is to avoid disrupting the new curbs and gutters installed last year. However, street surfaces will be entirely redone to avoid a patched-up appearance.

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“We’re working to address the problems before there are bigger issues,” said Chris Engelmann, the Public Works project manager. Public Works staff will check the repairs to make sure they are done correctly this time, according to him.

The repairs will not mean additional costs for the city or residents.

— Jane McClure


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