Collector street reconstruction planned on 113th in Coon Rapids

Public/assessment hearing for the first of two collector street reconstruction projects planned this year has been set.

The Coon Rapids City Council ordered the hearing for the reconstruction of 113th Avenue between Hanson Boulevard and Robinson Drive for Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m., after accepting the feasibility report at its Feb. 21 meeting.

A neighborhood information meeting was scheduled for Feb. 27 at the Coon Rapids City Center council chambers.

But while the two collector street projects are on a different timeline for the hearing and approval process – the feasibility report for the Woodcrest Drive reconstruction project will be brought to the council March 19, with the public/assessment hearing to be scheduled April 16 – the two projects will be bid as one contract, according to City Engineer Bob Moberg.

And there may well be another collector street reconstruction project taking place this year – Blackfoot Street from 119th Avenue to Coon Rapids Boulevard.

That was originally planned to be done last year as part of the 119th Avenue reconstruction project, but was put on hold when Allina Health announced plans to build a large medical office building across Coon Rapids Boulevard from the hospital with access to and from Blackfoot.

The city decided to delay the street reconstruction until after heavy construction equipment had completed its work on the medical office building.

Moberg has been told by Allina that the heavy equipment work will be over by June or July, he said.

That being the case the Blackfoot Drive project could be done in August and September under a separate contract, Moberg said.

According to Moberg’s feasibility report, the 0.3 mile 113th Avenue is between 30 and 37 years old and in poor condition.

It was constructed in stages between 1976 and 1983 and carries more than 2,000 vehicles per day, Moberg wrote in the feasibility report.

“113th Avenue has deteriorated extensively and would require increased maintenance if it is not repaved soon,” he wrote.

“Seal coating is no longer effective for this street, due to excessive cracking that has occurred. It becomes cost prohibitive to maintain a street surface that is as badly cracked as exists on this street.”

Proposed improvements include removal and replacement of existing bituminous pavement and gravel base, removal and replacement of damaged curb and gutter, sidewalk and driveway aprons, installation of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant pedestrian curb ramps as needed, and repair or replacement of storm sewer, sanitary sewer and watermain as needed, Moberg wrote in his report to the council.

The estimated project cost is $651,500, of which $129,324 will be assessed to benefiting properties.

The proposed assessment rate is $20.24 per front foot for multi-family residential properties and $40.48 a front foot for commercial properties.

According to Moberg, there are 44 condominiums, two apartment complexes, 12 townhomes, school district property, city property (the public works garage and the soccer complex) and a gas station/multi-tenant commercial property along the corridor.

An additional 68 townhomes share an association with the 12 townhomes that directly access 113th Avenue and it will be up to the Forest Oaks Townhome Association if it wants to spread the assessment over the entire development, not just the 12 townhomes with direct benefit, Moberg wrote.

The bulk of the remaining project cost, $405,876, will be taken from the city’s state aid street account, for which the city receives gas tax revenues from the state.

In addition, $114,300 will come from the water system maintenance fund and $2,000 from the city’s street reconstruction fund.

The timetable for the 113th Avenue and Woodcrest Drive collector street projects is for the council to award a contract at its May 21 meeting with construction starting in June and completion in September.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]