Coon Rapids project to reconstruct 2.9 miles of streets

A project to reconstruct 2.9 miles of residential streets in the area generally lying west of Crooked Lake Boulevard and north of 113th Avenue plus Oakwood Drive between Ninth Avenue and Eldorado Street was approved by the Coon Rapids City Council following a public/assessment hearing March 19.

In addition to ordering the project, the council unanimously approved plans and specifications and ordered bids.

Under the project timeline presented by City Engineer Bob Moberg, the council will award a construction contract at its May 7 meeting with construction scheduled to begin in May and be completed in September.

No one who spoke at the public/assessment hearing opposed the project, but one resident suggested that all curb and gutter be replaced, not on an as needed process as proposed.

But City Manager Steve Gatlin, that would increase the cost of the project.

A neighborhood meeting for residents impacted by the project took place Feb. 28 and there were no objections from the 12 people in attendance, nor have staff received any written or verbal objections to the project, according to Moberg.

These residential streets were built in 1971 with the exception of Oakwood Drive, which was constructed in 1978, Moberg wrote in the feasibility report.

Streets scheduled for reconstruction in the project are:

• Heather, Ivywood, Jonquil, Kerry and Lily streets between 113th and 115th avenues.

• 113th Avenue between Lily and Jonquil streets.

• 113th Lane between Kerry and Jonquil streets and 114th Lane between Jonquil and Ivywood streets.

• 115th Avenue between Heather Street and Crooked Lake Boulevard.

• 115th Lane and 116th Avenue between Heather and Eidelweiss streets.

• 116th Lane between Kerry and Heather streets.

• Eidelweiss, Gladiola and Heather streets between 115th and 117th avenues.

• 117th Avenue between Heather and Gladiola streets.

• Oakwood Drive between Ninth Avenue and Eldorado Street.

“All curb and gutter on Kerry Street, 113th Lane, Ivywood Street and 114th Lane is proposed to be removed and replaced, improving rideability of the driveways,” Moberg said.

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.

Of the $1,413,600 estimated cost, $454,064.37 will be assessed to benefiting properties with the balance coming from various city accounts – $639,036 from the city’s street reconstruction fund, $223,400 from the water maintenance fund and $97,100 from the storm water drainage fund.

Of the 255 properties to be assessed, there are 251 single-family residential lots, one apartment building, the WCCO-AM radio tower site, a city park and an Anoka County Library, Moberg wrote in his report to the council.

The assessment rate for a single-family residential property is $1,620 per lot, multi-family residential property $20.24 per front foot and commercial property $40.48 a front foot.

Assessments for the single-family residents will be spread over 10 years at an interest rate of 2.7 percent with the first payment due in 2014, but property owners have the option of paying off the entire assessment with no interest charge within 30 days of the council’s adoption of the assessments, which will take place May 7 when the contract is awarded.

According to Moberg, the annual cost of the assessment if it is paid as part of the property tax statement would be about $200.

The planned residential street reconstruction program in Coon Rapids this year totals a record 9.1 miles and involves three projects.

The city began the program in 1994 and since then more than 76 miles of the city’s 220-mile system have been reconstructed.

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

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 in a memo to the council.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]