Coon Rapids Boulevard Extension makeover

The last vestige of Old Highway 10 in Coon Rapids will get a makeover this year.

The Coon Rapids City Council has approved plans and specification and ordered bids for bituminous street patching repairs.

This project will include mill and overlay work on the length of Coon Rapids Boulevard Extension, part of the original Highway 10 in Coon Rapids.

The two railroad bridges that cross Coon Rapids Boulevard Extension were built in 1917, according to City Engineer Doug Vierzba.

The street was built to a rural section over poor soils without concrete curb in most portions of the road, Vierzba said. It has a concrete surface under the bituminous surface which has prevented it from settling, despite the poor soil conditions, he said.

“It is not practical to rebuild the road with concrete curb and gutter,” Vierzba said.

Instead, a mill and overlay project will be done as part of the bituminous street patching repair work. That will involve taking off two inches of bituminous and repaving the road with two inches of bituminous.

The boulevard extension has not been resurfaced for 25 years and there is a lot of cracking, Vierzba said. “The mill and overlay will create a smooth surface and it should be good for 10 to 15 years,” he said.