Coon Rapids collector streets reconstruction is out for bids

Bids have been ordered by the Coon Rapids City Council for two projects to reconstruct some 4.2 miles of collector streets in the city this year.

The council, which has approved plans and specifications for the project, will consider a contract award at its May 15 meeting.

At the same meeting, the council will approve project assessments to benefiting property owners.

One project totaling 2.2 miles is in the west central part of Coon Rapids with three collector streets in the area of Northdale Boulevard, west of Crooked Lake Boulevard, to be reconstructed with an estimated price tag of $1.5 million.

They are 119th Avenue, from Blackfoot Street to Jonquil Street; Northdale Boulevard, west of Crooked Lake Boulevard to 124th Avenue; and 124th Avenue, west of Northdale Boulevard.

The bulk of the cost will be paid for from city state aid dollars, derived from the city’s annual allocation of state gas tax revenues, with only $105,911.90 to be assessed to benefiting properties.

The council has also approved resolutions restricting parking on Northdale Boulevard and 124th Avenue.

“Parking has never been allowed on these two streets so this will not affect anyone,” said City Engineer Doug Vierzba.

The second project will involve upgrading five collector streets located in the south central part of the city totaling two miles. The cost is estimated at $1.3 million,

These streets are Hanson Boulevard, south of Mississippi Boulevard; 99th Avenue, east of Hanson Boulevard; Egret Boulevard, north of 99th Avenue; 99th Avenue, west of Foley Boulevard; and Springbrook Drive, south of Holly Street.

According to Vierzba, one of the streets to be reconstructed in this project, Egret, north of 99th Avenue to the frontage road, is the entrance to the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.

“No road work will be allowed on weekends or holidays when the park is heavily used,” Vierzba said.

And the road will remain open to traffic while construction is taking place, he said.

As required by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the council has passed resolutions restricting parking on one side of 99th Avenue, east of Hanson, and on one side of Hanson, south of Mississippi Boulevard.

“Therefore, it is proposed to restrict parking on the north side of 99th Avenue, which is already signed for no parking, except the most westerly block,” Vierzba said.

“It is proposed to restrict parking on the east side of Hanson Boulevard which will be a new restriction.”

“Vehicles are seldom parked on this street so this should not be a problem for residents.”

Of the total cost of this project, $159,601.14 will be assessed to benefiting properties, the balance coming from city state aid dollars.

Construction to start in late May and be completed in September.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]