City seeks an advance in state aid street funds for projects

The Coon Rapids City Council is requesting an advance on its state aid funding allocation for its 2013 street reconstruction program.

The city gets an annual allotment from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) from state gas tax revenues for construction and maintenance work to be done on state aid streets in the city.

These streets are built wider and sturdier than normal residential streets to handle more and heavier traffic.

The money is also used to pay the city’s share of reconstruction costs on the county’s state aid highway projects.

According to Public Services Director Tim Himmer, the city annual state aid street allocation is in the range of $2 million.

But this year the city had an “aggressive reconstruction program” which covered five miles of streets, Himmer said.

To finance that, the city borrowed against its 2013 allocation, he said.

“To continue improving the condition of our collector street system, staff is proposing to reconstruct approximately two miles of MSA streets in 2013,” Himmer said.

The city is seeking to advance $2.1 million in state aid funds for use in 2013, according to Himmer.

Projects scheduled for 2013 include:

• Woodcrest Drive from Egret Boulevard to 99th Avenue.

• 113th Avenue from Hanson Boulevard to Robinson Drive.

• Blackfoot Street from 119th Avenue to Coon Rapids Boulevard.

•  Intersection improvements at Northdale and Crooked Lake boulevards, Springbrook Drive and Coon Rapids Boulevard and Round Lake and Coon Rapids boulevards, all in conjunction with Anoka County.

“Currently the city is about one year ahead in our advance funding requests, so improvements considered in future years will require additional advancements,” Himmer said.

“The city has successfully used this advance funding program in the past and staff will continue tracking our dedicated fund allotments in the future, along with potential projects, to ensure adequate funding will be available in future years to cover anticipated costs.”

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]