Each year the Maplewood Engineering Department reconstructs some streets within the city. These projects are determined by the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). You can view the five year street improvement plan
The City Council prioritizes these prospective projects and authorizes feasibility studies for those scheduled in the following year. The Engineering Division then schedules informational meetings with the project area residents, surveys the area, prepares preliminary designs, evaluates alternatives and presents a recommendation to the City Council. In some cases improvement projects are initiated by resident petition.
If the council approves the project, the engineering division then prepares final construction plans, lets the project out for bids and provides inspection during construction of the improvement. Occasionally an outside engineering consulting firm is hired to handle improvement projects within the city. These firms work in conjunction with the Maplewood engineering staff, and a city inspector serves as a liaison on those projects.