Coon Rapids sets public hearing on street reconstruction plan

A public/assessment hearing has been set by the Coon Rapids City Council for Tuesday, April 16, 7 p.m., on the third of three major residential street reconstruction projects planned this year.

The council March 19 accepted a feasibility report for the reconstruction of 2.05 miles of residential streets in one large neighborhood plus two single streets.

The roads planned for reconstruction in the large neighborhood are west of Robinson Drive and south of 108th Lane, while Vale Street and 88th Avenue are also proposed as part of the project.

Eleven residential streets are included in the proposed project.

• Hummingbird Street between 10th Avenue and 108th Lane.

• Grouse Street between 106th Avenue and 106th Lane and between 107th Avenue and 108th Lane.

• Grouse Circle from 106th Avenue to its south terminus.

• Flamingo Street between 106th Avenue and 106th Lane.

• Drake Street between 106th and 107th avenues.

• 106th Avenue between Hummingbird and Drake streets.

• 106th Lane between Hummingbird and Flamingo streets.

• 107th Avenue between Hummingbird and Drake streets.

• 108th Lane between Hummingbird Street and Epiphany Creek west of Eagle Street.

• Vale Street between and north and west termini west of Unity Street.

• 88th Avenue between Mississippi Boulevard and 88th Lane.

According to Moberg, streets in the area west of Robinson Drive were originally constructed in 1980 except for a short section of Drake Street/107th Avenue, which was built in 1989.

Vale Street was constructed in 1994, but even though it is less than 20 years old, the pavement has settled and is in poor condition, while there are a number of sections of cracked and broken curb, indicating poor subgrade soils have caused premature failure of the road, Moberg wrote in the feasibility report.

On 88th Avenue, the middle section was originally built in 1971, while two sections of the street, comprising about 50 percent of the length, were reconstructed in 1996, he wrote.

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 of storm sewer, sanitary sewer and watermain facilities as needed, according to Moberg.

The estimated cost of the project is $1,271,800 with the amount to be assessed anticipated to be $298,727.40.

The balance will come from various city funds – $505,973 from the state aid street account, $70,100 from the storm water utility budget and $397,000 from the water system maintenance fund.

Assessments are proposed on 127 single-family lots and 127 multi-family residential properties, Moberg wrote in his report to the council.

Under city policy, the single-family residential lots will pay a $1,620 assessment, while the charge to the multi-family properties will be $20.24 a front foot.

An independent appraiser’s report states the benefit to properties is in the range of $2,000 to $5,000, Moberg wrote in the feasibility report.

According to Moberg, if the council approves the project April 16 and orders plans and specifications as well as bids, a contract award will be considered by the council May 21 at which time the assessments will be approved.

Project construction is scheduled from June into September.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]