Consisting of 18 city blocks, Southview Boulevard is the main road making up downtown South St. Paul. Southview Boulevard’s downtown corridor needed to be reconstructed while still maintaining access to businesses, residences, and cross traffic. The corridor had deteriorated pavement and aging, undersized watermain and storm sewer facilities. The corridor also had outdated pedestrian accessibility features. It’s minimal landscaping and streetscape features lacked an inviting presence for pedestrians.
The project included an emphasis on maintaining public access and preserving relationships with the impacted businesses along the downtown corridor. Our construction team was able to coordinate complicated construction efforts (utilities, streetscaping, landscaping, etc.) with the needs of business owners and residents every day until construction was complete. Our construction team worked closely with our communication specialist and project engineer to ensure businesses and residents along the project corridor were informed of the daily construction activities through newsletters, email/web updates, and door-to-door notices.
We used a detailed weekly agenda, actively monitored schedule management, and had proactive discussions with the contractor to track, discuss, and resolve issues. This resulted in a plan for finishing critical work prior to the completion date, removing 27 change orders from consideration, and a pedestrian friendly corridor that improved the safety and functionality of Southview Boulevard.