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Repairs of 'Terrible 20' streets in St. Paul begin Monday

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The city of St. Paul will start repair work Monday on about a dozen city streets that are in the worst condition, due in part to last winter's severe weather. They're on the "Terrible 20" list of roads in most need of repair, the  St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

St. Paul's Public Works Department created the "Terrible 20" list earlier this year; it includes stretches of city streets that are the most heavily traveled and in the worst shape. Eleven of them will be fixed this fall, at a cost of $2.5 million.

The streets will be repaired with a "mill and overlay" technique, which involves removing the top layer of the street and placing a new layer of pavement in its place. The process takes 2-3 days to complete, according to the city.

The timeline for fixing the streets was released late last week.

Work on these streets begins the week of Sept. 8:

• Fairview Avenue: Shields to Summit
• Hamline Avenue: St. Clair to Randolph
• Hamline Avenue: Portland to Grand
• Hamline Avenue: University to Selby
• Grand Avenue: 35E to 7th Street
• Wabasha Street: 6th to 7th
• Rice Street and 12th: University to Wabasha/St. Peter
• Lafayette Road: 7th to Grove
• Johnson Parkway: Minnehaha to I-94
• Wheelock Parkway: Edgerton to Arcade

Work on these streets begins the week of Sept. 22: 

• Cretin Avenue: I-94 to Marshall
• Cretin Avenue: Summit to Ford Parkway
• Eustis Street: 280 off ramp to I-94 on ramp, including Franklin
• 11th Street: St. Peter to Jackson

All the work should be completed by mid-October, according to city officials.

Of course, that still leaves nine more "terrible" streets that have yet to be addressed. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has proposed a street repair budget of $54 million for next year, which will cover those nine projects as well as repairs to several arterial streets, according to the Pioneer Press. The City Council has not yet acted on the budget.

Earlier this summer, some council members pitched a plan to spend much more money this year -- $22 million -- to actually rebuild the "Terrible 20" streets, instead of just repairing them, arguing the city should not settle for a short-term fix.

Coleman said at the time that reconstructing all the streets would cost roughly $20 million a year for the next decade, and that his $2.5 million repair plan would address the immediate repairs while officials seek a more comprehensive solution.

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