Anoka County awards project for Viking Boulevard reconstruction

The Anoka County Board has awarded a contract for the concrete overlay project on Viking Boulevard (CSAH 22) from east of University Avenue to Highway 65.

Doyle Conner Co. submitted the low bid of $1,551,961.73 for the project, which will upgrade 1.235 miles of Viking Boulevard in East Bethel.

The engineer’s estimate was $1,483,807.24. All the funds are coming from the county’s annual road and bridge tax levy.

There will be no change from the existing two-lane road, but the bituminous surface will be replaced by concrete with grading, aggregate base, concrete surfacing and drainage.

The east half will have a full depth concrete pavement, while the west half will be a concrete overlay (white topping).

This is the second phase of the project. A contract was awarded late last year for mucking work, which has been taking place over the winter, to deal with poor soils at the east end of Viking Boulevard at Highway 65.

Viking Boulevard has been closed since that work began and will remain closed during the road reconstruction.

There is cost sharing with the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MECS) for the soils correction because MECS needs that work done for its sewer and water main construction project in East Bethel, according to Doug Fischer, county highway engineer.

In response to a question from Anoka County Commissioner Julie Braastad, Fischer told the Anoka County Board at its meeting March 26 that the mucking work is progressing well on the eastern third of the road project length.

In some areas, the soils being removed are 30 feet deep, Fischer said.

“Our goal is to get the road open as soon as possible,” he said.

According to Fischer, it hoped the construction can begin before the end of April, but that will depend on when the mucking work is completed.

“We want to have a seamless progression,” Fischer said.

Construction should be completed and the road reopened by the end of June or early July, he said.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]