Anoka County orders bids for this summer’s road improvement projects

Bids have been ordered for the 2013 Anoka County Highway Department road overlay program.

Timing is critical to get competitive bids, according to Doug Fischer, county highway engineer.

The timetable calls for the contract to be awarded by the Anoka County Board in early May with construction taking place in late spring and summer, Fischer said.

The planned overlay work covers some 12 miles and has an estimated cost of $4,309,700, which will be paid for from the county road and bridge property tax levy.

But it’s possible another, separate resurfacing project could be added to the program in the summer if some $2 million in federal dollars materialize, Fischer said.

Under the county’s 2013 overlay program, projects will be split up according to the amount of work to be done.

Some will involve just overlaying the existing bituminous surface; others will be mill and overlay, where two inches are taken off the existing surface and two inches of new surface are put on; and the other is reclaim and overlay, where all of the existing road is ground up and a completely new bituminous road is laid, according to Fischer.

“The overlay is the least expensive and the reclaim is the most expensive,” Fischer said.

Roads included in the 2013 program are:

• CSAH 7 (Seventh Avenue) from East River Road to Main Street in Anoka, mill and overlay.

• CSAH 13 (229th Avenue) from Cedar Street to 237th Avenue in St. Francis, reclaim.

• County Road 15 (Durant Street) from County Road 74 to County Road 26 in East Bethel, overlay.

• CSAH 18 (Coon Creek Boulevard) from 131st Avenue in Coon Rapids to Bunker Lake Boulevard in Andover, mill and overlay.

• CSAH 18 (Broadway) from County Road 19 (Potomac Boulevard) to CSAH 62 (Kettle River Boulevard) in Columbus, reclaim.

• CSAH 28 (Ambassador Boulevard) from Bridge Street to TH 47 in St. Francis, reclaim.

• CSAH 34 (Birch Avenue) from Centerville Road to 20th Avenue in Lino Lakes, reclaim.

• CSAH 23 (Lake Drive) from Naples Street to Lexington Avenue, concrete island work.

In addition, the county’s 2013 overlay program includes the reconstruction of Viking Boulevard (CSAH 22) in East Bethel from just east of University Avenue to Highway 65, a 1.23-mile segment.

But this project, which is also out for bids now and will be a separate contract, is for a whitetopping (concrete) surface and not bituminous.

The project carries an estimated $5.2 million price tag with the county paying $3.5 million and Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MECS) $1.7 million.

MECS is contributing to the project cost because it needs the road improvement for its sewer and water main construction work in East Bethel, Fischer said.

The road has already been closed west of Highway 65 where mucking work is taking place on soils corrections before the new concrete road surface can be put on.

That portion of Viking Boulevard will be closed through mid-summer while construction takes place.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]