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Hinton Avenue assessments adopted in Cottage Grove

The Cottage Grove City Council last week held a public hearing to adopt the proposed assessments for the $1.75 million Hinton Avenue reclamation project, which City Engineer Jennifer Levitt deemed complete.

The project, which included removal and repaving, as well as restriping, is costing Hinton Avenue property owners $309,655 in assessment fees. The council unanimously approved the 4.35 percent interest rate with a 15-year payback window. 

The low interest rate, Levitt told the council, is a result of the good bidding atmosphere the city experienced when first soliciting the pavement management project.

The street light utility fund covered $390,000 in costs while the city’s levy picked up roughly $1 million.

The project closed the stretch of Hinton Avenue from 80th Street to 70th Street on Aug. 10 and reopened Aug. 23 following the installment of the final pavement layer. The project also installed ADA-approved pedestrian ramps at all intersection, improved street lights and upgraded the traffic signal at 80th Street and Hinton Avenue.

The updates to the thoroughfare were “greatly needed,” Levitt added.