Finding a Contractor for Your Construction Project
When you have a construction project at your home or business, you want it done right. The most important decision you can make is to choose the right contractor. It’s about more than cost and time. Here are some factors to consider when finding a construction contractor.
Before you begin your search for a contractor, you need to be clear about what you want. Knowing exactly what you want will help you manage your expectations. Make plans and get blueprints for your project, because good contractors will want to see them first. Know how much you want to spend and be ready to plan around that budget. Be confident in answering the questions that the contractors you interview will ask about the project. Prepare yourself for contractors who can’t work right away, because the best contractors should be busy.
Interview Multiple Companies
It may be tempting to accept the first offer from a contractor that sounds good, but you should speak with three or more contractors to maximize your options. Get written estimates and plans from each company with whom you speak and compare them to each other thoroughly. Be open to learning from every contractor you interview and don’t be afraid to haggle with any contractor you speak to.
One of the most important things you can do when you’re looking for a contractor for your construction project is to get references. Ask family members and friends to recommend contractors to you and seek honest feedback about their construction experiences. Ask for references when you interview different companies, especially from current customers. If you can visit one of the contractor’s job sites, go and see how well the company works. You should also look for references that you can find through websites and social media.
Look at Licenses and Permits.
Check to make sure that any contractor you’re interested in has the proper licenses. Don’t be afraid to ask for copies of any licenses the contractors should have. Familiarize yourself with state and local regulations, and make sure that the companies you interview are in compliance. Find out if the contractor will handle all permitting or if you have to do so yourself. You should also check any history of litigation against the company.
Get Everything in Writing
You should always make sure that you have information in writing. Ask for detailed bids in writing, and don’t be afraid to ask questions line by line. When it comes time to sign a contract, be sure that everything you’re looking for is spelled out. Never sign a contract to pay the full budget at once. Instead, you should set a payment schedule based on completion of different stages of the project.
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LIST: Rochester Public Works 2023 construction projects
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – The Rochester Public Works Department announced numerous construction projects slated for 2023.
According to Public Works, these projects have many benefits including keeping the city’s infrastructure in good working condition, replacing infrastructure that has reached the end of its lifespan and improving safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.
The list below highlights large-scale projects; it does not include all construction work that will be conducted by the Public Works Department in 2023.
- 65 Street NW Reconstruction Project – J9852/J9853 (Phase 2: April to November 2023) The City of Rochester is reconstructing 65 Street NW from 37 Avenue NW to 50 Avenue NW. Improvements include changing 65 Street NW from a rural road to a city street with a 30 mph speed limit, increased safety and traffic flow for roadway users, and new pedestrian/bicycle paths that connect to existing trails and Dakota Middle School.
- 9 Street SE Reconstruction Project – J7843 (April to November 2023) Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) is constructing a relatively large electrical duct bank from their new Marion Road SE substation to downtown Rochester. The 9 Street SE segment of this project is from Broadway Avenue to Slatterly Park. Installation of the new duct bank will disturb existing City utilities and pavements within this segment. Given the age of the infrastructure between 4 Avenue SE and Slatterly Park, Public Works prioritized this street and utility reconstruction project to take advantage of the street disturbance and construction efficiencies.
- Water Main Reconstruction: 11 Avenue NE to Sierra Lane NE – J7846 (April to July 2023) Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) will replace old 1958 & 1963 water main which has had 18 breaks in recent years. This project will also include complete bituminous restoration, some new curb and gutter, and some storm/sanitary sewer reconstruction conducted by Public Works.
- Viola Road NE & Cassidy Drive NE Intersection Improvements Project – J6013 (June to October 2023) A roundabout is being installed at this intersection in order to improve traffic operations and safety around Century High School. This project is a joint effort between the City of Rochester and Olmsted County.
- Discovery Walk – J8904 (Spring to Fall 2023) This project reimagines the traditional public street as a green parkway serving pedestrians and cyclists alike. Discovery walk extends from the center of downtown through Discovery Square and south to Soldiers Field.
- 4 8 Street SW & Commercial Drive SW Intersection Improvements – J6068 (July to October 2023) This project includes the construction of a single lane roundabout at the intersection of 48 Street SW and Commercial Drive SW.
- Annual Mill & Overlay and Chip Seal Projects (Spring/Summer 2023) Every year, the Public Works Infrastructure Maintenance team performs pavement preservation projects that include both Mill & Overlay and Chip Seal projects. The milling projects consist of removing an average of 2-inches of pavement from the existing street and replacing that 2-inches of bituminous pavement. This year’s project includes an estimated 14 miles of re-paving. The Chip Seal projects are an additional preservation method to protect pavements that have been recently paved in the previous 2-3 years. An estimated 22 miles of streets will receive a chip seal. These projects occur in neighborhoods all over the city. More information on the pavement preservation project is located here .
- Sidewalk Improvement District (SID) Program – J4721/J4725 (Spring/Summer 2023) Sidewalk repairs and maintenance are now handled by the City through the SID program. Contractors will be addressing defective sidewalks in District 4 – SE this season. Select pedestrian ramps will also be replaced. This is the first year under the new program (adopted by City Council in November 2022) that reassigns the cost of sidewalk repairs and replacement from the adjacent property owner to a distribution among a greater portion of the community.
- Stabilization Project: Cascade Creek Tributary channel – J6710 (Spring 2023) This project will consist of stabilizing approximately 1,100 feet of a highly eroded drainage way that is tributary to Cascade Creek located immediately adjacent to Douglas Trail between 15 Street NW and the pedestrian bridge ramp crossing over 7 Street NW. The project will feature a pedestrian bridge connecting the Douglas Trail to 14 Street NW to facilitate a safe crossing over the channel.
- Trail along South Broadway Avenue and Highway 14 – J4693 (Spring/Summer 2023) This project will construct a 10-foot wide bituminous multi-use path abutting the Crossroads Shopping Center, in the southwest quadrant of the Broadway Avenue S / Trunk Highway 14 intersection, from Crossroads Drive SW to 14 Street SW.
- West Zumbro Sewer Extension – J7773 (May to November 2023) Sanitary sewer will be extended from approximately 19 Street NW to Valleyhigh Road NW west of the Fox Trails and Badger Ridge developments. The sewer will allow for additional commercial and residential development to occur on existing lands within the City limits and for expansion onto adjacent lands that wish to be annexed into the City and also develop.
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Olmsted county 2023 construction projects map.
All projects listed are subject to change. Countless factors impact project deliverability.
CSAH 4 (Valley High Road NW) and CSAH 44 Reconstruction
On CSAH 4 from the Jct of CR 158 and CSAH 4 to .5 mile West of 50th Avenue NW. On CSAH 44 (60th Avenue NW) from the Jct of 34th Street NW to .5 mile North of the Jct of 55th Street NW.
- Read more about CSAH 4 (Valley High Road NW) and CSAH 44 Reconstruction
CSAH 3 Bridge – Salem Corners
Olmsted County is leading a project to replace an existing box culvert over Cascade Creek located on CSAH 3 approximately 1 mile north of CSAH 25 (Salem Road).
- Read more about CSAH 3 Bridge – Salem Corners
County Road 107 Bridge Replacement
Olmsted County is leading a project to replace the existing bridge over the Middle Fork of the Whitewater River located on County Road 107 approximately 1.5 miles north of CSAH 9.
- Read more about County Road 107 Bridge Replacement
County Road 102 Structure Replacement
Olmsted County is leading a project to replace an existing culvert located on County Road 102 approximately 0.5 miles north of CSAH 9.
County Road 146 (3rd Avenue SE) Pavement Preservation and Restriping Project
Olmsted County Public Works Department is developing plans that will involve milling and overlaying the existing pavement along County Road 146 along with minor sidewalk and curb replacements.
- Read more about County Road 146 (3rd Avenue SE) Pavement Preservation and Restriping Project
Olmsted County 2024 Construction Projects Map
All projects listed are subject to change. Countless factors impact project deliverability.
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Hwy 52 Corridor Projects
Between St. Paul and Rochester
Projects at a glance
Hwy 52 construction planned through 2024.
Construction projects are scheduled on the Hwy 52 corridor between Rochester and St. Paul through 2024 that will improve the ride, safety and traffic flow. Motorists who use this highway can follow the links to learn more about each project and sign up for individual project email or text message updates on the project websites.
The traffic volume on Hwy 52 is such that motorists might experience traffic delays at times during construction, depending on the location and time of day. Please plan ahead once construction season begins in spring of 2022.
Hwy 52 projects
- Hwy 52 improvement in Rosemount, Coates and Hampton
- Hwy 52 Zumbrota to Cannon Falls
- Hwy 52 Corridor Study Zumbrota to Hader
- Hwy 52 from Pine Island to Oronoco
Rochester construction projects to look out for this year
Project to Impact Downtown Rochester Drivers, Riders Through Rest of Summer
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Rochester, MN ( KROC-AM News )- Road construction that will impact motorists and bus riders in downtown Rochester through the rest of the summer gets started on Wednesday.
Crews will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction of 2nd St. Southwest. The impacted stretch is between 3rd Ave. and 1st Ave. Southwest. The open travel lanes will be on the north-side of the usual four-lane road for the rest of July then switch to the south side of the road in August.
The road work will once again move the Downtown Rochester Public Transit Hub to Central Park where 33 rotates will be loading and unloading passengers through mid-September. A Rochester Public Transit Spokesman says all routes will follow the current schedules, although some delays are possible.
The specific bus stop locations are:
- Routes 101, 103, 202, 204, 411, 21, 22, and 23 will load on the west block face of Central Park along 2 Avenue NW.
- Routes 102, 116, 205, 206, 217, 306 will stop on the north block face of Central Park along 3 Street NW.
- Routes 408, 412, 413, 418, 419, 24, 25, 26 will stop on the east block face of Central Park along 1 Avenue NW
- Routes 307, 309, 314, 409, and 150X, 560X (westbound), 250X (AM), and 506 will stop on the south face of Central Park along 2 Street NW.
- Routes 203, 560X (eastbound), and 250 (PM) will stop on the south side of 2 Street NW across the street from Central Park.
City officials are encouraging all shuttle companies/services to avoid this area to reduce congestion. The lane closures are due to private projects and pavement restoration.
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Mayo's multibillion-dollar rochester expansion to include 'at least seven years' of projects.
ROCHESTER — Mayo Clinic updated city officials here for the first time on its multibillion-dollar expansion that will upend downtown with "at least seven years" of projects.
In a presentation to the Rochester City Council on Monday, Mayo officials said they're already meeting with local groups and neighborhoods, including the Kutzky Park Neighborhood Association and the Rochester Downtown Alliance, to get feedback and concerns about how projects will affect the area.
"We're at the front end of this," said Randy Schubring, a public policy expert with Mayo.
Mayo, which is still finalizing plans, expects to submit finalized proposals to its board of trustees by the end of the year and potentially start building in 2024.
The hospital system will come back to the council in the coming months with an update to its five-year construction plan mandated by city ordinance. Mayo last reported on its plans to the city in 2021.
New clinical space would extend west from the Gonda Building, Mayo's recognizable tower, and loop around the north side of Calvary Episcopal Church before stretching two blocks. Parking, infrastructure support and logistic buildings are planned north and south of the clinical additions, including on the site of the former Lourdes High School.
The construction update is part of a bevy of issues to come before the council over the next 12 months related to Mayo's expansion. Council members will likely review traffic impact reports, an economic impact study that will include the number of jobs Mayo plans to create, and a historic preservation committee report on the Lourdes site.
The council appeared supportive of Mayo's expansion plans, though several members questioned how the projects would affect downtown traffic and area housing stock.
"This is exciting," Council Member Shaun Palmer said. "A great, wonderful investment in our community."
Trey Mewes is a reporter based in Rochester for the Star Tribune. Sign up to receive the Rochester Now newsletter.
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