Hearing set on Coon Rapids’ second large street project

A public/assessment hearing has been set by the Coon Rapids City Council for the second of three large residential street reconstruction projects planned by the city this year.

The council scheduled the hearing for its Tuesday, April 2 meeting after accepting the feasibility report March 5 for the project covering 4.2 miles of residential streets in an area generally north of Coon Rapids Boulevard and east of Crooked Lake Boulevard.

Fifteen streets are included in the project and assessment area.

• South Heights Drive from Crooked Lake Boulevard to where it ends east of Wren Street.

• 113th Avenue from Crooked Lake Boulevard to where it ends east of Bittersweet Street.

• 112th Lane from Crooked Lake Boulevard to its east terminus.

• 112th Avenue between Crooked Lake Boulevard and Yukon Street.

• 111th Avenue between Bittersweet and Zion streets.

• 110th Lane west of Zion Street.

• 110th Avenue from Yukon Street to where it ends east of Wren Street.

• Coon Rapids Boulevard Service Drive west of Bittersweet Street.

• Crocus Street between 112th and 113th avenues.

• Bittersweet Street between Coon Rapids Boulevard and South Heights Drive.

• Arrowhead Street between 111th Avenue and South Heights Drive.

• Zion Street between Yukon Street and South Heights Drive.

• Yukon Street from 109th Avenue to where it ends east of South Heights Drive.

• Xavis Street between 110th Avenue and Yukon Street.

• Wren Street between 110th Avenue and South Heights Drive.

According to City Engineer Bob Moberg, proposed improvements include removal and replacement of the existing bituminous pavement and gravel base, removal and replacement of damaged curb and gutter, installation of Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant pedestrian curb ramps as needed and repair or replacement of storm sewer, sanitary sewer and watermains as needed.

All but one of the streets affected were originally constructed in 1968; the Coon Rapids Boulevard Service Drive was built in 1973, Moberg wrote in the feasibility report.

Because of their age, the streets have experienced cracking and are to the point where routine maintenance, such as crack sealing and seal coating, is no longer cost-effective, he wrote.

“There are also numerous areas where existing concrete curb and gutter has cracked, broken or settled, resulting in a reduced capacity to effectively convey drainage,” Moberg wrote.

According to Moberg, the storm sewer was installed in 1959 and is minimal in some areas, sanitary sewer was installed in 1967 and the mains were lined in 2012, while watermain was installed in 1959 and there have been a number of repairs in the area in recent years.

The project area includes 372 single-family homes, a 48-unit townhouse complex, three commercial properties and two city parks (Delta and Hoover).

Under the city’s assessment policy, the proposed assessment for the single-family lots is a flat $1,620, $20.24 a front foot for the townhouse development and $40.48 a front foot for the commercial properties.

Assessments would be spread over a 10-year period at an interest rate of 2.7 percent with the first installment due in 2014, according to Moberg.

But property owners have the option of paying off the entire amount with no interest charged within 30 days of the council adopting the assessment, which would be May 7 when the construction contract is awarded, Moberg wrote in the feasibility report.

The annual cost for a single-family home for the 10-year assessments would be $200 a year, he wrote.

The estimated cost of the project is $2,101,600 with assessments picking up $633,837 of that amount, about a third.

According to Moberg, $955,763 of the cost would come from the city’s street reconstruction fund, which comes from the property tax levy; $424,000 from the water system maintenance fund; and $87,600 from the storm water utility fund.

Under the project timetable outlined in the feasibility report, construction is scheduled to start in May and be completed in September.

A neighborhood meeting on the project took place March 7 at the Coon Rapids Civic Center.

The public/assessment hearing for the first residential street project – 2.9 miles in an area generally lying west of Crooked Lake Boulevard and north of 113th Avenue plus Oakwood Drive between Ninth Avenue and Eldorado Street – will take place at the March 19 meeting.

This project has a price tag of $1,413,600 with the contract to be awarded at the council’s May 7 meeting and a May-September construction period.

According to Moberg, the feasibility report for the third residential street reconstruction project planned this year will go to the council March 19 with the public/assessment hearing to be set for April 16.

This project of two miles will cover the neighborhood west of Robinson Drive and north of the Burlington-Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad tracks as well as Vale Street, west of East River Road, and 99th Avenue between Mississippi Boulevard and 99th Lane.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com