County, city propose narrower Third Street

Board awards road striping contract to St. Michael firm


The Washington County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to seek a variance from state roadway design standards for reconstruction of the southern end of County State Aid Highway 23, or Third Street in Stillwater.

County and city officials are proposing taking the 44-foot-wide section of Third Street and reducing it to 40 feet wide to alleviate snow storage issues and enhance the residential character of the road and surrounding area. The proposed narrower street would have 11-foot through lanes and nine-foot parking lanes.

However, state design standards require 42 feet of total road width with 12-foot through lands and 10-foot parking lanes. That means the county must seek a variance for the project.

Project details include pavement rehabilitation from Orleans Street to just shy of 425 feet north of Willard Street and from the intersection of Third and Chestnut streets to Main Street. Broken storm sewer pipes will be replaced and bump outs featuring rain gardens on the upstream sides of intersection will be installed at Marsh, Chestnut and Willard streets.

The decision to seek a variance came after meetings with Stillwater city staff, who said Third Street residents have a hard time clearing snow from sidewalks in front of their homes after plows clear the road because the Third Street sidewalks butt up to the back of the street curb, leaving little area to move and pile snow. Another part of the project involves construction of a three-foot boulevard on the east side of Third Street from Orleans to Willard for snow storage.

The variance request is considered an option for the project by the board. County officials expect the variance will be granted.

Company awarded road-striping contract

A St. Michael company was awarded a nearly $66,000 contract Tuesday to stripe roads in northern Washington County and the county will partner with Dakota County to do road striping in the southern part of the county.

AAA Striping Service Co. will be paid $65,920 for road striping work in part of the county under the contract approved by the Board of Commissioners. Commissioners also renewed an agreement they started last year with Dakota County for road striping work in other parts of the county.

The county’s Public Works Department used to have its crews and equipment purchased in 1995 to stripe roads. However, the striping equipment has reached the end of its useful life and county officials sought alternatives for the work. One alternative had 3M Corp. do road striping in Woodbury and Oakdale.

Another alternative has the county working with local communities for pavement marking. Cities and townships this year can have their roads striped under the county’s contract and reimburse the county for the work.