East Bethel moving up Coon Lake Beach road projects

To cut down on the inconvenience of road work for two consecutive years in the same general area, the East Bethel City Council April 18 decided to move some 2013 Coon Lake Beach neighborhood road projects to 2012.

According to City Administrator Jack Davis, the city’s 2012-2016 roads Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) targeted $307,000 for 2012 and $305,000 for 2013 for road work in this area. To save money on mobilization costs and cut down on inconvenience for residents by splitting the projects into two years, the city will do everything in one summer.

There is more than enough money in the city’s road fund because the city was already planning to move the Whispering Aspen neighborhood road work from 2012 to 2013 to coincide with the extension of the sewer force main pipe project that will result in the Metropolitan Council sewer system serving these residents instead of the Castle Towers Wastewater Treatment Plant that the city is decommissioning.

With all these changes in place, the projected fund balance at the end of 2012 is $617,962, according to Davis.

The council chose an option that would lead to the contractor reclaiming 10 percent of the material from the existing streets to use in the new pavement. A two-and-a-half inch overlay would be placed over the area where the material is reclaimed. A two-inch overlay would go over the remaining street portions.

Davis said an overlay normally adds 12 to 15 years of life to a road, but he anticipates a longer life because of the low volume and speed of vehicles traveling through this area.

Councilmember Bill Boyer said water run-off has been a big issue in this area, so he asked Davis what the city’s plans are for addressing this.

According to Davis, staff have talked about grading some land, but they could not come up with a reasonable alternative.

The best course is to work with the Coon Lake Improvement Association to make sure the vegetation filter strip along the shorelines are well maintained, Davis said

The roads the city had already planned to work on in 2012 are Elm, Forest, Grove, Hawthorne, Ivy, Juniper, King, Dahlia, Emerson, Bryant Lane, Laurel, Maple and Colleen.

The roads originally slated for 2013, but bumped to 2012 are Aspen, Birch, Cedar, Dogwood, Elm, Emerson, Longfellow and Laurel.

Elm and Laurel are listed twice because there were different segments being worked on in 2012 and 2013 under the old plan.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]