Ramsey rail station construction contract approved

The Ramsey Northstar Station will be breaking ground soon, following approval Jan. 26 of the construction contract by the Anoka County Regional Rail Authority.

Sheehy Construction provided the lowest bid out of eight companies.

It submitted a bid of $6,583,300 to construct the station platform, the pedestrian bridge over the BNSF (Burlington-Northern Santa Fe) Railroad tracks and the skyway connection to the municipal parking ramp.

Anoka County Commissioner Matt Look, chairperson of the rail authority, is very pleased with the timing of the bidding process, he said.

“Taxpayers are realizing a significant savings because we’re able to move ahead in the current marketplace,” Look said.

“Sheehy Construction came in nearly $600,000 under the estimated price.”

Christopher Leverett, from Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., the rail authority’s consulting engineering firm, provided a letter of recommendation to the authority noting Sheehy Construction’s successful completion of multiple transit related projects, including on the Hiawatha LRT corridor.

Sheehy also has experience constructing skyways and is known for providing quality construction services, Leverett wrote.

Construction is expected to start as soon as weather conditions allow.

The project is being paid for with a combination of funds from the city of Ramsey, Anoka County Regional Rail Authority, the Counties Transit Improvement Board and the Metropolitan Council.

Completion is expected before the end of 2012.

The Northstar Commuter Rail Line, operated by Metro Transit, provides service on the 40-mile segment of existing track along Highways 10 and 47 from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis.

Northstar trains offer commuter service during prime morning and evening week day rush hours, as well as regular weekend service and some special event service.

For more information about Northstar service, go to www.metrotransit.org/northstar.