Mass grading and utility relocation work begins next week

Since being awarded the project, Veit and Ryan have been focused on obtaining necessary permits, submitting shop drawings, ordering materials, coordinating with MnDOT on the adjacent Lafayette Bridge replacement project, and coordinating with Rachel Contracting on demolition activity.  The project team is also coordinating with the City of Saint Paul sewers department and Saint Paul Regional Water Services (SPRWS) on the new sanitary sewer and water main and District Energy and Xcel on utility extension and relocation.

Veit will mobilize on site the week of October 21 to start the mass grading and utility relocation.  The first order of business is to begin environmental remediation of contaminated soil on the east side of the site.  This will allow Veit’s utility crew to get started on the sanitary sewer – the deepest utility.  About two weeks after the sanitary sewer installation starts, the water main – the shallowest utility – will be installed.  After about a month, the utilities in 5th Street will effectively be relocated so that 5th Street can be removed closer to the field subgrade elevation.  This will allow for continued soil remediation and correction across the site north of the former Diamond Products building foundation.  The overall duration for mass grading and utility relocation is three to four months, depending on the weather.