Two county intersection projects plan for Coon Rapids

Joint powers agreements with Anoka County have been approved by the Coon Rapids City Council for two intersection projects in the city this year.

Anoka County is planning to reconstruct and install new traffic signals at the intersections of Coon Rapids and Round Lake boulevards as well as Crooked Lake and Northdale boulevards.

In addition, the council accepted a feasibility report and set a public/assessment hearing for May 21 on the Crooked Lake/Northdale boulevard project since benefiting property owners are proposed to be assessed.

The joint powers agreements spell out the scope of the projects and the cost sharing between the county and the city.

Proposed improvements at the Coon Rapids and Round Lake boulevards intersection include a median, traffic signal replacement, elimination of northbound and southbound “free right” turn movements, creation of a northbound dedicated left-turn lane, other dedicated turn lanes, concrete gutter, drainage enhancements and sidewalk construction, according to City Engineer Bob Moberg.

The county has received a federal grant which will cover $367,200 of the estimated $460,688.20 project cost, according to the joint powers agreement.

The city’s share is estimated at $44,600 which will come from its state aid account.

As part of the JPA and so that federal funding for the project would not be jeopardized, the council was asked to agree to parking restrictions on Round Lake Boulevard from Coon Rapids Boulevard to 115th Avenue.

“The project is being proposed to increase safety at the intersection,” Moberg wrote in a memo to the council.

The Northdale/Crooked Lake boulevards project is also designed to increase safety as well as improve road conditions and federal dollars have been received by the county for this project as well.

According to the joint powers agreement, the estimated project cost is $776,933.50 with a federal grant paying $550,800 of that amount, leaving the city’s share at $62,241.

That will come from the state aid street account.

The project includes the addition of dedicated right-turn lanes at all four legs of the intersection; widening and resurfacing the north, south and east legs of the intersection; widening and reconstructing the west leg of the intersection; replacement of the existing traffic signal; concrete curb and gutter; drainage enhancements and sidewalk replacement, Moberg wrote in his report to the council.

Project boundaries are on Crooked Lake Boulevard from 117th Lane to the Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) crossing and on Northdale from Bittersweet Street to about 500 feet west of Crooked Lake Boulevard, he wrote.

As part of the project, Northdale will be reconstructed from Crooked Lake Boulevard to the west to match the segment of Northdale reconstructed by the city last year, he wrote.

The feasibility report for the Crooked Lake/Northdale intersection project is because city policy calls for an assessment to be levied against properties that benefit from the proposed street improvements, according to Moberg.

There are two commercial properties that have direct access to Northdale west of Crooked Lake Boulevard in the project area and thus are considered benefiting properties, Moberg wrote in the feasibility report.

Commercial property is proposed to be assessed at a rate of $40.48 a front foot.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]