Contact awarded for work on Coon Rapids Boulevard Extension

The Coon Rapids City Council has awarded a contract for bituminous street patching repairs, primarily in seal coat and water main break areas of the city.

The low bid from Rum River Contracting in the amount of $214,500 was approved. The engineer’s estimate was $243,340.

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

Coon Rapids Boulevard Extension starts just west of Culver’s on Coon Rapids Boulevard and enters Coon Rapids Boulevard again just before the Avocet Street intersection.

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.

Coon Rapids Boulevard 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, the road has been overlaid with bituminous surfacing in the past – the last time was 25 years ago – and this will project will do the same, he said.

Coon Rapids Boulevard Extension runs for seven-tenths of a mile.

The mill and overlay work, which is estimated to cost $135,000, will be paid for from the city’s state aid street account, for which the city receives state gas tax revenues.

The cost of the patching for watermain breaks and for storm drain repairs will come from the water and storm drain utility funds, respectively.

Work is expected to begin in early-May depending on the contractor’s schedule.

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