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Citizens seek help with driveways

There are two certainties in Minnesota, road construction and bad weather.
These two came together on 17th Street in Glencoe in June.
On June 17, the north side of 17th Street was excavated up to the curb by GMH Construction of Chaska as part of the scheduled street improvement project.
Later that day, Glencoe received a couple of inches of rain. The rainfall caused some erosion of the material under the curbing along some parts of the street.
The contractor did add material under the curbing in some areas to help the issue and prevent further issues should it rain again.
Two days later, on June 19, Glencoe received as much as 10 inches of rain.
The erosion issues were not as significant in the affected areas since some prevention measures had been made.
Five 17th Street residents have expressed concerns about damages that might have been caused by the combination of the street excavation and heavy rainfalls and are requesting replacement of their driveways.
Justin Black of Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH) has been reviewing the driveway issues and working with the residents. Council members John Schrupp, Dan Perschau and Gary Ziemer also have been working with the homeowners.
Black reported at Monday’s Glencoe City Council meeting that, in July, the contractor had replaced 584 feet of curb at no cost to the city. GMH also removed one panel of one driveway that was affected in order to see what was going on underneath. The section was not replaced at the request of the homeowner.
Black explained that if it wasn’t replaced at that time, they didn’t know when the contractor would be able to get back to replace it. It has yet to be replaced.
Black reported that many of the driveways were cracked before the project started, which is normal wear and tear of a driveway.
Many of the driveways were only three and a half to four inches thick and in some areas, only about an inch thiick. Black reported four inches is a minimum, but six to seven inches is typically recommended.
Black said that there isn’t absolute proof that the rain event and construction caused the damage.
For more, seee the Sept. 10 print ediiton of The Chronicle.