133rd Avenue project coming soon

Reconstruction of 133rd Avenue between Coon Creek Boulevard and Hanson Boulevard will begin soon.

Andover and Coon Rapids are splitting the costs of reconstructing 133rd Avenue from Coon Creek Boulevard to Hanson Boulevard. The road will only be open to local traffic in June and July. File photo by Eric Hagen

Andover and Coon Rapids are splitting the costs of reconstructing 133rd Avenue from Coon Creek Boulevard to Hanson Boulevard. The road will only be open to local traffic in June and July. File photo by Eric Hagen

The road serves as a border between Andover and Coon Rapids, so the two municipalities will split the $608,897 construction contract down the middle. The low bid came from Rum River Contracting of Princeton. The Andover City Council approved the contract May 1. The Coon Rapids City Council approved the residential assessment amount May 15.

Andover City Engineer and Public Works Superintendent David Berkowitz said the old pavement will start to be reclaimed Monday, June 4. The contract calls for work to be completed by July 27.

During this almost two-month period, Berkowitz said the road will be open to residents who must use it to get to their homes. The road is closed to people who are just using 133rd Avenue as a short cut.

While there are numerous homes near 133rd Avenue, only three homes in Coon Rapids and two homes in Andover have a 133rd Avenue home address. This means these five homeowners will be the only ones assessed.

Coon Rapids will charge its typical assessment of $1,575 per lot to the three homes on its side of the road.

Andover chose a $1,500 per lot assessment. Andover normally imposes 25 percent of its construction project costs on adjacent parcels, but this policy was not practical in this instance considering there are only two Andover parcels fronting 133rd Avenue in the project area, the council concluded.

Berkowitz said the cities have patched this roadway to deal with potholes and cracks, but these were short-term solutions. With the road showing its age, both cities decided the time was right to get it reconstructed.

According to Berkowitz, the west side of this 133rd Avenue segment saw about 3,500 vehicles per day during a 2010 traffic count. The east side averaged about 1,900 vehicles per day.

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

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