Ramsey council approves Riverdale extension project

Another Highway 10 interchange related project is getting under way in Ramsey.

The Ramsey City Council Jan. 8 unanimously approved accepting a $702,000 Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) grant and the feasibility study submitted by the city engineer, then ordered design work for the Riverdale frontage road.

The project will reconstruct and extend the two-lane Riverdale Drive from Armstrong Boulevard to Traprock Street, south and parallel to Highway 10, said Interim City Engineer Shane Nelson.

Once the project is completed, it will eliminate access to Highway 10 at Alpaca Street and change the access at Traprock Street to a three-quarters intersection, he said.

The safety at those intersections was one of the reasons MnDOT approved the grant and it brings the city’s efforts for the Armstrong Boulevard interchange a step forward, Nelson said.

The project, which is scheduled to start in July, includes the installation of water and sanitary sewer from the east end of Riverdale Drive near Alpaca Street to Traprock Street, according to Nelson.

The balance of the $2,891,500 project cost will be paid for using $1,466,000 in city Municipal State Aid funds, $202,500 from the sewer fund and $521,000 from the water fund.

The city will be paid back through water and sewer connection charges, Nelson said.

Although Councilmember Jason Tossey objected to the project Dec. 11, 2012, when it was first presented and tabled because of the cost of adding the sewer and water infrastructure, he has since changed his mind.

Adding the sewer and water when installing the road makes sense, he said.

The last thing people want to see is tearing up a new road and adding utilities, said Councilmember Chris Riley.

Construction is expected to be completed in the fall.

Tammy Sakry is at [email protected]