Long awaited Boynton Avenue improvements to begin Monday



Travelers in and out of Lennox can expect to make a change if their route includes Boynton Avenue. Infrastructure along Boynton Avenue will be reconstructed during the 2022 construction season, and things are going to get started early on Monday, April 18 instead of the previously scheduled May 1.

Work will include rebuilding the underground utility and roadway infrastructure from Hwy 17 to Juniper Street. The roadway will be fully urbanized to include curb and gutter, improved drainage facilities, and a shared walking path on the north side of the street. Funding through the State’s SRF and Transportation Alternatives programs were secured by the City and accepted during Monday night’s Lennox City Council meeting.

Lennox City Administrator Nathan Vander Plaat said, “Because of the substantial increase in the grant funding, I expect the actual loan amounts to be significantly reduced, thereby significantly reducing the resulting water and sewer surcharges paid by our utility customers, potentially by as much as 75%. This is great news for the project and for the community.”

Hulstein Excavating, Inc. from Edgerton, MN was awarded the construction contract. Construction is expected to be complete this fall.

The Pre-Construction meeting was held on April 5, with staff and the Mayor in attendance. A mobile marquee was up on Tuesday to alert the community about the upcoming closure of Boynton Ave.

Updates can be followed on Stockwell’s project website at www.boyntonavenue-stockwell.com.

Vander Plaats noted during Monday night’s meeting that the majority of permanent easements required for the project are procured. Several temporary construction easements remain. Stockwell and City staff continue to work together to procure the remaining easements.

In other business during Monday night’s meeting, Council approved the request for a Off-Sale Package Liquor License for Casey’s General Store in Lennox. A request from Auntie J’s American Soul Food LLC for a Retail Malt Beverage License was tabled because Council wanted to hear from the restaurant owner about a safety plan since there is archery practice also taking place on the premises.

A concerned citizen and friend of the Senior Citizens spoke to the council about his concern of relocating/closing the Senior Center/Community Center. He touted the long-standing contributions of the seniors and reminded council about the handicap accessibility that the current center provides. He urged council to reconsider.


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