The Andover City Council May 22 unanimously approved a contractor for the South Coon Creek Drive reconstruction project that will be taking place this summer.
Douglas-Kerr Underground, LLC of Mora submitted the low bid of $2,143,787.75 to reconstruct South Coon Creek Drive from Crosstown to Round Lake boulevards. City Engineer and Public Works Superintendent David Berkowitz had estimated the project would cost $2,169,000.
A lower project cost benefits the city and the residents being assessed. During the public hearing March 6, Berkowitz estimated that 32 parcel owners would be assessed $7,830 and 38 other parcel owners would be assessed $2,770. Some are facing higher assessments because they live on larger lots and thus have more front yard along the reconstructed road.
Berkowitz said May 22 that the lower project bid could result in a 10 to 15 percent assessment reduction for both rural and urban parcels. The final assessment will not be calculated until the project is completed and actual construction costs are known, he said. The assessment hearing for residents is expected to be during an October council meeting.
The project is slated to begin in mid to late June, according to Berkowitz, who is meeting with the contractor June 5 to finalize details before construction begins.
South Coon Creek Drive will be closed to through traffic, but will be open to local traffic that has to use the road to get to their home, Berkowitz said.
During the first two days of the project, the intersection of Crosstown Boulevard and South Coon Creek Drive will be closed so a water main connection can be made. Motorists who use Crosstown Boulevard in this area must find an alternative route unless they absolutely must use the road to get home.
Construction warning signs will let the public know exactly when road closures will be taking place.
A major component of this project is that the road will be widened from 32 feet to 37 feet. There will be a five-foot shoulder on each side of the road to give people on their bikes and out walking a safer passageway.
A one-foot-wide water main is being added along South Coon Creek Drive from Crosstown Boulevard to 143rd Avenue to provide redundant service for the west side of town, according to Berkowitz.
New sod will be placed on lawns disturbed by the road project, Berkowitz said. Other open areas will be regrown with grass seeds.
Eric Hagen is at [email protected]