Hearing is set for Blackfoot project in Coon Rapids

A feasibility report for the reconstruction of Blackfoot Street has been accepted by the Coon Rapids City Council and a public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 4, 7 p.m.

Blackfoot, which was originally constructed in 1981, is a city collector street from 119th Avenue to Coon Rapids Boulevard and covers 0.18 of a mile. The reconstruction is being done in conjunction with Allina’s medical building project, now well under way.

According to City Engineer Bob Moberg, the project will involve the full replacement of the pavement and underlying gravel base with storm sewer, curb and gutter, sidewalk, driveway aprons replaced as needed and street signs.

The Allina project is expected to have progressed to the point that would allow the Blackfoot project to be under construction in August, Moberg wrote in a report to the council.

“This would allow heavy construction on the building site to be completed in advance of street reconstruction and for street reconstruction to be completed before building occupancy occurs in February 2014,” he wrote.

Construction would be completed in October.

The Blackfoot reconstruction was originally scheduled for 2012, but was postponed because of the Allina project.

The estimated cost of the project is $170,500 with the total to be assessed to benefiting property owners $62,665 and the balance coming from two city funds – $97,335 from state aid dollars and $10,500 from the water maintenance fund, according to Moberg.

The project directly affects 14 townhouses and four commercial properties, Moberg wrote in the feasibility report.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]