Ham Lake approves two road project bids

The Ham Lake City Council May 7 approved contracts for two different road projects taking place this summer.

This road on the northwest corner of Highway 65 and Crosstown Boulevard will be reconstructed and connect to a new service road segment that will have an access at Johnson Street-Crosstown Boulevard west of Highway 65. File photo by Eric Hagen

This road on the northwest corner of Highway 65 and Crosstown Boulevard will be reconstructed and connect to a new service road segment that will have an access at Johnson Street-Crosstown Boulevard west of Highway 65. File photo by Eric Hagen

The city is constructing a new service road on the northwest corner of Highway 65 and Crosstown Boulevard and reconstructing 153rd Avenue from Highway 65 to Radisson Road.

Both projects are scheduled to begin May 24, according to project manager Andrew Lutaya of RFC Engineering in Ham Lake. The service road should be wrapped up by Oct. 12, according to Lutaya. The 153rd Avenue contract has a completion date of June 28, 2013.

The contractors with the lowest bids will work on the project. Knife River Corporation bid $341,005.92 for the service road project. Rum River Contracting of Princeton bid $720,173.17 for the 153rd Avenue project.

The service road will be aligned with Johnson Street west of Highway 65. It will head north before going east and connecting with an existing service road. Lutaya said the existing portion of the service road south of the connection point will be reconstructed at the same time the new road is constructed.

According to Lutaya, 153rd Avenue will remain open to all traffic throughout the project and the contract calls for the first layer of bituminous to be done by Oct. 31.

Ham Lake will have a lot of financial assistance from Anoka County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to get these projects done.

The county is entirely funding the 153rd Avenue project. In December 2010, it agreed to give the city $1.275 million in exchange for taking ownership of this former county road between Highway 65 and Xylite Street. The payment was specifically designated for road reconstruction. Lutaya said the timeline has not been determined when the 153rd Avenue segment between Radisson Road and Xylite Street will be reconstructed.

The westerly portion of 153rd Avenue between Highway 65 and Radisson Road is 4,987 feet long, which is just under a mile. The eastern segment between Radisson Road and Xylite Street is 2,553 feet long.

MnDOT is giving the city a $174,577 grant to construct the service road. The city must find a way to cover the remaining costs, but it does plan to utilize some Municipal State Aid (MSA) funds the city receives from MnDOT from gas tax revenue. Cities receives MSA dollars every year depending on how many miles of MSA roads they have. These roads must be designed to handle heavier traffic amounts that other city streets, for example.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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