No opposition to 113st Avenue reconstruction

The first of three collector street reconstruction projects planned this year drew no opposition at the public/assessment hearing before the Coon Rapids City Council March 19.

The reconstruction of 113th Avenue between Hanson Boulevard and Robinson Drive was approved unanimously.

According to City Engineer Bob Moberg, the 113th Avenue project will be combined with the Woodcrest Drive collector street reconstruction into one contract.

Public/assessment hearing on the Woodcrest project from 99th Avenue to Egret Boulevard has been scheduled for the April 16 council meeting.

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.

Improvements will 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.

The estimated project cost is $651,500, of which $114,902.78 will be assessed to benefiting properties.

The balance of the cost will come from city funds – $422,297 from the state aid fund, which derives its revenues from the city’s annual gas tax allocation from the state, and $114,300 from the water maintenance fund, Moberg told the council.

The 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 40 condominiums, two apartment complexes, 16 townhomes, one school district facility, one city property and a commercial property along the corridor.

The commercial property and the two apartment properties were also assessed when Robinson Drive was reconstructed in 2004, Moberg wrote in his report to the council.

Assessments for the condominium units would be spread over three years with an interest rate of 1.6 percent; all other properties would be assessed over 10 years at 2.7 percent interest, he wrote.

The timetable for the 113th Avenue and Woodcrest Drive collector street project 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]