ER City Council Heads Toward Downtown Street Work

May 23, 2014

Downtown Eagle River

City of Eagle River officials this week held a special meeting and took the action required to apply for federal funds to make needed improvements to Division and Main streets in downtown Eagle River. The city wants to make repairs to the street, storm sewer and utilities between Railroad and Third streets, which includes the intersection with Main street.

The price tag on the first phase of the project is $1,l67,000. If the application is successful, nearly half the cost would be paid through a Community Development Block Grant. The grant would provide $500,000.

Jim Bollman, engineer with MSA Professional Services, which prepared the grant application for the city, speculated that the water lines under Division street are at least 80 years.

If the city’s application for funding is denied, the council indicated it will look into alternative ways to fund the project--including reapplying for funding. Ultimately, the project would extend as far as Trig's.