Woodcrest Drive work is approved by Coon Rapids council

Reconstruction of a 1.1-mile stretch of Woodcrest Drive on Coon Rapids has been approved by the Coon Rapids City Council.

No one appeared at a public/assessment hearing on the project before the Coon Rapids City Council April 16 and the council ordered bids for consideration of a contract award at the June 4 meeting, at which time the assessments will also be approved.

The Woodcrest project will be built jointly with another collector street reconstruction project planned in the city this year – 113th Avenue from Hanson Boulevard to Robinson Drive, which was ordered by the council at its March 19 meeting.

Combined the two projects, which will cover 1.6 miles, have an estimated cost of $1,989,200, of which the Woodcrest Drive portion accounts for $1,452,000, according to City Engineer Bob Moberg.

Woodcrest Drive from 99th Avenue to Egret Boulevard was constructed in stages between 1982 and 1987 and because of its age and volume of traffic (3,000 to 6,000 vehicles a day), the road has experienced excessive fatigue cracking and is to the point where routine maintenance in the form of crack sealing and seal coating is no longer cost effective, Moberg wrote in his feasibility report to the council.

Improvements include removal and replacement of the existing bituminous pavement and gravel base, removal and replacement of damaged curb and gutter, installation of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant pedestrian curb ramps as needed, and repair or replacement of storm sewer, sanitary sewer and watermain valves as needed as well as fire hydrants and street signs, he said.

A neighborhood meeting in March had only six residents in attendance and no opposition to the project was raised, nor has staff received any written or oral objections to the project, he told the council at the April 16 hearing.

There are 78 benefiting properties along Woodcrest – 66 multi-family residential, eight commercial, one institutional, one undeveloped property zoned for multi-family residential and two city properties (Woodcrest and Wintercrest parks).

Under the city’s assessment policy for street reconstruction projects, multi-family residential properties pay $20.24 a front foot and commercial properties $40.48 a front foot.

Assessments less than $500 to the townhome development would be spread over three years at an interest rate of 1.6 percent, while assessments of $500 more would be spread over 10 years with an interest rate of 2.7 percent, Moberg said.

Of the estimated project cost, $295,320.54 will be paid from the assessment, with the bulk of the rest coming from the city’s state aid street account, $841,180, for which the city receives annual allotment from state gas tax revenues.

According to Moberg, there will also be contributions to the project cost of $1,000 from the street reconstruction fund and $314,500 from the water system maintenance fund.

Under the project timetable outlined by Moberg in the feasibility report, construction will start in June with completion in September.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]