New York Ave Underground Utility Work
Utility work to bury electric lines along New York Ave from 6th Street South to 10th Street South.
This utility work is being done in preparation of continuing the Southside Drainage Improvements Project (see below).
Electrical Distribution System & Substation Infrastructure
*The distribution system is aged and much of it is nearing “end of life”
*Two of the three substations are at their end of life expectancy
*Build two new substations where each is capable of carrying the demand load and eliminate the third (Water Plant) substation.
*Increase the distribution voltage from 4160/2400VAC to 12470/7500VAC
*Replace all distribution transformers to accommodate new voltage level
*Overhead distribution service should be converted to underground
*Develop a strategic plan that can accomplish the CIP over the next 10 – 15 years
*Total proposed estimated cost - $15.4 million dollars.
Safe Routes to School
This project will begin in June 2019 and be completed in August 2022. This project is a complete system around the schools. This will include new sidewalks, parking lot NW of school, street crossing and painting, ADA compliant crossings, push-button crossings, auto gate for circle drive and more. The Breckenridge Active Living Committee has received a Transportation Alternative Grant for $225,000 to help with the funding of this project.
Street Repair Process
The following information is intended to help inform Breckenridge citizens of the process being used to prioritize street maintenance and repairs:
In 2016, an Engineering firm (Widseth, Smith and Nolting) was hired to perform an assessment of every street and avenue in the city of Breckenridge. The assessment was very thorough and produced a map that is color coded for ease of understanding. The map shows each street and avenue in the city with an assigned color. The Map Key in the upper right-hand corner shows six different colors with a description for each. The city officials have further simplified the map into 3 colors: Green, Blue and Red.
Blue = thin overlay
Green = potential mill and overlay
Red = total reconstruct
The current efforts are to keep the Blue and Green streets/avenues from becoming Red. This is why you are seeing some streets getting repaved even though other streets are in worse condition. Those streets that are Red (needing total reconstruct) will cost quite a bit more to repair, and we are still working through the various funding source options. In the near term, efforts are being focused on repairing the streets/avenues that are still able to be salvaged with mill and/or overlay. The map is considered a guideline, but there may be some circumstances where some deviation from the map may be warranted based on current observations.
The funding currently being used for mill and overlay street projects is coming from the general fund. This means that all tax payers share in the cost of maintaining the streets, as all tax payers use the streets.
On the streets/avenues requiring total reconstruct, if water and/or sewer are replaced, home owners on that street/avenue will likely be assessed for a portion of the water and sewer.
If you have specific questions regarding your street or Avenue, feel free to reach out to City Hall at 218-643-4681
Neil Crocker, Director of Public Services Renae Smith, City Administrator
Southside Drainage Improvements~ New York Ave~ COMPLETE 2020
New Storm Sewer Installation with Complete Urban Street Reconstruction of New York Ave from 2nd through 6th Street
The Army Corps of Engineers disclosed to the City that some homeowners on the south side of Breckenridge would still be required to purchase flood insurance as determined by a 100-year rain event due to internal drainage issues which were not part of the original flood protection project.
This project is to have additional storm drainage for rain water (100-year flood). Currently the levees are holding back the river water, but in return holding in the rain water. With the installation of the new culverts and storm sewers and by overtopping the roadways the water ultimately makes it's way to the levees, and pump, for discharge to the river.
Minnesota Flood Hazard Mitigation Grant #3000000499 through Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
As funding becomes available project will continue from 6th Street going east
09/25/20: Highway 75 South- Now open
08/28/20 at 4:30 pm: UPDATE Due to the rain delay this morning, the water was not able to be turned off until around 9:30 am. Therefore the turn on time will be around 6 pm. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!
**** When the water is turned back on there may be some discoloration and sediment. The water supply will remain safe to drink.
If you notice any discoloration in your water, first remove the screen from sink faucets and clean any particles from the screen, then run your water faucets and let the water flow until clear, reinstall screen.
07/13/20: Weekly Construction Update
05/18/20: Revised Letter to Impacted Residents
05/07/20: Letter to Impacted Residents
April 12th, 19th, 26th of 2019: Advertisement for Bids
04/01/19: Resolution No. 12931-22
Mural & Musical Performances ~ COMPLETE 2020
City of Breckenridge along with the Breckenridge Arts Advisory Committee received a $10,000 Lake Region Arts Council Spring Legacy Local Government Grant to sponsor a performing arts festival with two components: a mural painted on the flood wall at the headwaters of the Red River and musical performances with educational opportunities taking place at various locations throughout Breckenridge.
Mural Dedication- August 6th, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Breckenridge Pickleball Courts ~ COMPLETE 2020
Breckenridge recently transformed the east portion of the existing tennis courts at 1400 Beede Ave to four pickleball courts.
Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America. It is a paddleball sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. Two to four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a wiffle ball over a net.
FREE Paddle and Ball Rental available at City Hall, 420 Nebraska Ave
Donations are still needed.
If you would like to donate by card- Click Here
Mail Donation to:
City of Breckenridge
c/o: Pickleball Donation
420 Nebraska Ave
Breckenridge, MN 56520
Breckenridge Water Treatment Plant~ COMPLETE 2020
As of October 1st, 2019 the New water plant has been the primary water producing facility for the city. The chemical feeding software has been fully debugged and the system ramps up and down based on the water flow. Currently, the plant runs at 700 gallons per minute (gpm) giving us one million gallons per day capacity. Currently, the city demand is around 240K to 280K gallons per day. The plant first started producing water back in mid-July. It has run several days a week during the debug and optimization phase contributing water to our overall distribution system and providing relief to the old plant.
It has been a great project and is now time to get it into production full time. Cheers!
Neil Crocker, Director of Public Services
Camper/RV Rentals~ COMPLETE 2019
New camper/RV spots in Welles Memorial Park. Electric & water hook-ups are installed throughout the park. Campground reservation are available through City Hall (218)643-1431. For more information and photos of the sites.
Completed in 2019
Highway 75 Path ~ COMPLETE 2018
If you haven’t taken a stroll on the new Highway 75 pedestrian path, this would be a great time. The 1.15-mile path starts at Veteran’s Park /Family Community Center and takes you to CHI St. Francis. This path is 10 foot-wide, family friendly, and ADA compliant so that people of all ages and physical abilities can use it.
Breckenridge Public Utility crews installated security lighting, which was made possible in part from an Otto Bremer Foundation grant. Thank you, Otto Bremer!! With the installation of lighting, the path will not only be more useable 24 hours a day but will also be a welcoming entrance to the City. Benches are installed along the path.
Research shows that exercise and being outside can improve mood and overall health. It’s a great time of year to get outside and enjoy a walk on the path!