by Peter Bodley
Anoka County is planning to reconstruct and install new traffic signals at the intersection of Crooked Lake and Northdale boulevards.
Because the project will involves the city of Coon Rapids assessing benefiting property owners, a public/assessment hearing took place at the May 21 Coon Rapids City Council meeting.
Following the hearing, the council approved the project, which will be constructed this year by the county, as well as the assessments.
The Northdale/Crooked Lake boulevards project, for which the county has received a federal grant, is designed to increase safety as well as improve road conditions, according to City Engineer Bob Moberg.
The cost estimate of the project, excluding right of way, is $839,100 with the city’s share being $231,000, of which $37,646.40 will be assessed, Moberg wrote in his report to the council.
The balance, $193,354, will be part the county’s federal grant allocation plus money taken from the city’s state aid street account, which is funded from state gas tax revenues.
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.
According to Moberg, 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.
As part of the project, Northdale Boulevard will be reconstructed from Crooked Lake Boulevard to the west to match the segment of Northdale that was reconstructed by the city last year to 124th Avenue, Moberg wrote.
Within the project area, Crooked Lake Boulevard was originally constructed in 1982 and Northdale in 1988, he wrote.
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.
The council had earlier approved a joint powers agreement with Anoka County, which spells out the scope of the project and the cost sharing.
The Anoka County Board approved the joint powers agreement at its meeting May 28.
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