Anoka County awards contract for road overlay work

The Anoka County Board has awarded a contract for a project to overlay close to 24 miles of its roads this year.

And the low bid of $7,711,757.13 from North Valley Inc., a company located in the county, came in some $1.3 million under the engineer’s estimate of $9,009,168.87. There were five bids.

“I am very happy with the bids,” said County Commissioner Andy Westerberg, who as chairperson of the board’s Public Works Committee recommended approval of the contract.

“I am excited about the things we will accomplish with this.”

The contract includes 16 bituminous overlay projects on county roads, one of largest overlay jobs in county history.

According to County Highway Engineer Doug Fischer, a mix of the county road and bridge tax levy and the county’s state aid highway allocation will pay for the work.

A pre-construction meeting with North Valley took place earlier this week and Fischer anticipates the contractor getting started “fairly quickly,” he said.

But it depends when the asphalt plants open for the season, Fischer said.

Project work is expected to continue into October, but those roads that involve students walking to and from schools will be completed before the 2012-13 school year begins in September, he said.

This program is part of the county’s efforts to keep its roads in safe driving condition, Fischer said.

Three types of overlay projects are included in the contract.

One is a straight overlay of the existing bituminous surface, according to Fischer.

The second is a mill and overlay, in which the top two inches of the existing surface are removed and two inches of fresh bituminous are put on the roadway to replace it, Fischer said.

The asphalt that is removed is recycled to create new asphalt, he said.

The third type of work is the most extensive – reclaim and overlay, in which all of the existing road is ground up and becomes the base for the new bituminous surface, Fischer said.

The 16 projects to be done under this year’s contract are:

• CSAH 1 (East River Road), I-694 to Charles Street, Fridley, mill and overlay.

• CSAH 2 (Reservoir Boulevard), 40th Avenue to Ramsey County line, Columbia Heights, mill and overlay.

• CSAH 7 (Seventh Avenue), Main Street to Highway 10, Anoka, mill and overlay.

• CSAH 11 (Foley Boulevard), Coon Rapids Boulevard to Highway 10, Coon Rapids, mill and overlay.

• CSAH 14 (Main Street), Fourth to east school entrance, Lino Lakes, reclaim and overlay.

• County Road 16 (Andover Boulevard), Hanson Boulevard east to University Avenue, Andover, overlay.

• CSAH 20 (161st Avenue), Hanson to Crosstown boulevards, Andover, reclaim and overlay.

• CSAH 21 (Centerville Road), Ramsey County line to CSAH 34 (Birch Street), Lino Lakes, reclaim and overlay.

• CSAH 22 (Viking Boulevard), east of County Road 75 to the Washington County line, Linwood Township, reclaim and overlay.

• CSAH 24 (Norris Lake Road), County Road 66 to TH 47, Nowthen and Oak Grove, overlay.

• CSAH 34 (Birch Street), CSAH 21 to CSAH 54, Lino Lakes, overlay.

• County Road 53 (Sunset Avenue), Main Street to 500 feet south of old County Road 153 (Lilac Street), Blaine and Lino Lakes, overlay.

• CSAH 62 (Kettle River Boulevard), Lake Drive to CSAH 18, Columbus, reclaim and overlay.

• County Road 66 (Cleary Road), Viking Boulevard to 4920 feet south of Norris Lake, Nowthen, reclaim and overlay.

• CSAH 78 (Hanson Boulevard), 154th to south of CSAH 20, Andover.

• CSAH 85 (Typo Creek Drive), Viking Boulevard to County Road 76, Linwood Township.

Even though the low bid came in well under the estimate, Fischer does not anticipate adding more overlay projects this year, he said.

That’s because the county highway department has a lot of other projects going out for bids this year, Fischer said.

“This is a huge year for road projects,” he said.

And he wants to make sure there is enough money in the budget in case the bids on the other projects are not as favorable as the overlay contract, according to Fischer.

Indeed, at its last meeting the county board’s Public Works Committee authorized the advertisement for bids on five projects.

• Concrete overlay of Viking Boulevard (CSAH 22) from Highway 65 to Vickers Street in East Bethel.

• Installation of a new traffic signal and turn lane construction on 221st Avenue N.E. (County Road 74) at Highway 65 from 1,500 feet on either side of Highway 65 in East Bethel.

• Intersection improvement project at the intersection of Seventh Avenue (CSAH 7) and Main Street (CSAH 14) in Anoka.

• Reconstruction of Bunker Lake Boulevard (CSAH 116) from Seventh Avenue (CSAH 7) to 38th Avenue in Anoka and Andover.

• Reconstruction of Viking Boulevard (CSAH 22) from Baugh Street (County Road 65) to 1,000 east of Nowthen Boulevard (CSAH 5) in Nowthen.

In addition, the county, with some financial help from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), is planning to make intersection improvements this year at Highway 65 and Bunker Lake Boulevard in Ham Lake.

The Public Works Committee has authorized Fischer to negotiate a cost-sharing agreement with the city of Ham Lake for the project.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]