Hearings held on Blaine road projects

The Blaine City Council Feb. 21 held public hearings on two planned 2013 road projects and then unanimously approved the preparations of plans and specifications.

The projects include the reconstructions of Paul Parkway from Oak Park Boulevard to Ulysses Street, and 101st Avenue from Flanders to Naples streets.

Nobody spoke about the Paul Parkway project, but two of the property owners being assessed for 101st Avenue reconstruction asked questions.

Curt Simonson asked why the assessments are higher on the south side of 101st Avenue.

City Engineer Jean Keeley said ditches and wetlands on the north side of 101st were not included in the assessment calculations.

Brad Storch said a majority of the traffic on 101st Avenue seem to be going to businesses on Naples Street and asked if the city considered assessing these businesses.

Keeley said these businesses would be assessed when Naples Street is reconstructed. The city’s policy is to only assess parcel owners that front a road being worked on.

Councilmember Dave Clark said the city shares in the costs of the road, which all Blaine taxpayers pay for.

According to Keeley, approximately $140,000 of the projected $440,400 cost for reconstructing 101st Avenue will be assessed. The reconstruction of Paul Parkway is estimated to cost just under $800,000 with about $255,000 coming from assessments.

Road projects usually start as early as possible in the summer, but Paul Parkway is in a unique situation because it runs by the Blaine Baseball Complex. Keeley said road work will not begin until August to limit the impact on the baseball teams earlier in the summer.

Paul Parkway was originally constructed as a two-lane road in 1971, but it was widened to four lanes in 1980. It had a bituminous overlay in 1992 and a seal coat in 2000.

101st Avenue will be reconstructed from June through September, Keeley said. It was last restored in 1999 when installed the trunk sewer and water main in that area.

Each of the road segments will have a compacted sand base, eight inches of reclaimed gravel above the sand and four inches of asphalt above the gravel, according to Keeley.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]