Coon Rapids to hold hearing on 133rd proposal

by Peter Bodley
Managing Editor

A public/assessment hearing has been set by the Coon Rapids City Council for Tuesday, March 20, 7 p.m., on a plan to reconstruct 133rd Avenue this summer from Coon Creek to Hanson boulevard.

The reconstruction of the one-mile stretch of 133rd Avenue will be a joint project with the city of Andover since 133rd is a border street between the two cities.

Andover will be handling the plan preparation, bidding process, contract award and construction inspection work and Coon Rapids will be sharing in the cost.

A public/assessment hearing is necessary because three single-family homes in Coon Rapids front on 133rd and will be assessed for the project.

According to a feasibility report that City Engineer Doug Vierzba presented to the council, the project will replace concrete curb and gutter that is in poor condition, install Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant pedestrian curb ramps at all intersections and repave a new bituminous surface.

Under a joint powers agreement that the council has approved with the city of Andover, Coon Rapids will pay 50 percent of the project cost.

Coon Rapids’ share is estimated to be $395,000, most of which will come from the city’s state aid street account. The Andover City Council has also approved the joint powers agreement.

That’s because under the city’s assessment policy of assessing each of the three lots $1,575 for the project, only $4,725 will be generated.

Under the project timetable, construction is expected to begin in late May and be completed in August.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]