County awards contract for Seventh and Main

A contract to reconstruct the intersection at Main Street and Seventh Avenue in Anoka has been awarded by the Anoka County Board.

Acting on a recommendation from its Public Works Committee, the board approved the low bid from Forest Lake Contracting in the amount of $901,797.68. The engineer’s estimate was $849,929.45.

Federal funding will cover 90 percent of the project cost.

According to information provided to the county board, the intersection improvement will involve 1,500 feet on both Main Street and Seventh Avenue with a new traffic signal and left-turn lanes.

The work will be completed this year, said Andrew Witter, assistant county highway engineer.

The project will coincide with the city of Anoka’s current East Main Street reconstruction project that includes the blocks between Sixth and Eighth avenues.

In a presentation to the Anoka City Council in December 2011, County Highway Engineer Doug Fischer said that the county would use the county’s existing 66 feet of right of way to add the lanes and put in a new signal light.

Earlier plans had shown the county taking property along the north side of Main Street, impacting dozens of properties.

Under the contract awarded by the county board Aug. 28, 11-foot narrow lanes will be constructed to accommodate the dedicated left-turn lanes.

These will be comparable to the width of the narrow lanes that currently exist on Seventh Avenue, just north of Main Street.

That segment was resurfaced this summer by the county as part of its annual overlay program.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]