Five Coon Rapids street reconstruction projects are planned

The Coon Rapids City Council has started the ball rolling for the city’s 2013 residential and collector street reconstruction program.

At its meeting Feb. 5, the council ordered feasibility reports and plans and specifications for three residential street projects and the reconstruction of two collector streets.

The residential street reconstruction projects are split into three areas and total 9.1 miles, a record amount for the city in one year.

They are:

• Neighborhood lying west of Crooked Lake Boulevard and north of 113th Avenue and Oakwood Drive between 9th Avenue and Eldorado Street, 2.9 miles.

According to City Engineer Bob Moberg, streets in the project area are 40 years old, except for Oakwood Drive, which is 36 years old.

• Neighborhood lying east of Crooked Lake Boulevard and north of Coon Rapids Boulevard, 4.2 miles.

Streets in the area are 45 years, except for the Coon Rapids Boulevard service road which is 40 years old, Moberg wrote in a memo to the council.

• Neighborhood lying west of Robinson Drive and north of the Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Railroad tracks plus Vale Street, west of East River Road, and 99th Avenue between Mississippi Boulevard and 99th Lane, two miles.

“Streets in the project area are 33 years old, except for 88th Lane, which is 41 years old, and Vale Street, which is 19 years old,” Moberg wrote in his memo.

The two collector street projects planned for reconstruction are Woodcrest Drive between Egret Boulevard and 99th Avenue (1.08 miles), which was constructed in 1987, except for a 900-foot section immediately south of Egret, which was built in 1982, and 113th Avenue from Hanson Boulevard to Robinson Drive (0.30 mile), which was constructed in stages between 1976 and 1983.

In all five projects, construction will include full replacement of the pavement and underlying gravel base, storm sewer, curb and gutter and sidewalk, while driveway aprons will be replaced as needed, according to Moberg.

New street signs will be installed, but city staff is evaluating the need to replace fire hydrants and watermain valves in the project areas, Moberg wrote in his report.

“Boulevard area tree trimming will be completed in advance of the street project,” he wrote.

Under city policy, up to 50 percent of the each project’s cost will be assessed back to the benefiting property, generally those with direct access to the reconstructed road, Moberg wrote.

Staff is recommending a unit assessment rate of $1,620 per single-family home, a 2.8 percent increase over the 2012 amount of $1,575 per home, reflecting an increase in the construction cost index for 2012, according to Moberg.

The balance of the cost for the residential street reconstruction comes from the city’s general fund tax levy and/or from the sale of general obligation bond, which are paid back from the city’s debt service tax levy.

In the case of the collector streets, the city gets state aid funding through a gas tax allocation because the roads are built wider and stronger to handle a higher volume of traffic and heavier vehicles.

The single-family assessment rate for collectors is the same as for residential street reconstruction, but there are also assessments for other types of property typically found on a collector street – $20.24 a front foot for multi-family residential property and $40.48 a front foot for commercial property, also reflecting a 2.8 percent increase in the construction cost index, Moberg wrote.

According to Moberg, the city’s 2013 street reconstruction program has been split into five projects to better manage the projects with staff resources.

Once the feasibility reports have been accepted by the council, public/assessment hearings will take place in March and April, Moberg said.

But information meetings will take place with property owners impacted before the formal public hearings, he said.

Construction schedules will be staggered with some starting as soon as late May or early June, Moberg said.

All construction will be completed in September or October, he said.

Property owners were notified of the pending project in their area in December 2012, according to Moberg.

The city began its annual street reconstruction program in 1994 and since then more than 76 miles of the city’s 220-mile system has been reconstructed, Moberg told the council in his memo.

A pavement condition evaluation of all city streets was completed by the engineering department in 2009 and updated in 2012, he wrote.

The street reconstruction program was developed by neighborhood based on pavement condition so that construction is confined to certain neighborhoods and is completed as part of a single project to minimize neighborhood disturbance and achieve more cost-effective projects, Moberg wrote.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]