Coon Rapids awards constracts for street reconstructions

A contract was awarded by the Coon Rapids City Council June 4 for the reconstruction of two collector streets.

While separate public and assessment hearings took place for the reconstruction of Woodcrest Drive from 99th Avenue to Egret Boulevard and 113th Avenue from Hanson Boulevard to Robinson Drive, they were folded into one project for the construction contract.

The low bidder was C.S. McCrossan, Inc. in the amount of $1,707,732.70. The engineer’s estimate was $1,936,977.44.

According to City Engineer Bob Moberg, construction is expected to begin June 17 and be completed by Sept. 27.

Woodcrest Drive covers 1.1 miles and 113th Avenue is 0.5 of a mile.

Improvements will include removal and replacement of bituminous pavement; replacement of curb and gutter, driveway aprons and sidewalks as needed; repair or replacement of fire hydrants, valves, sanitary sewer structures and storm sewer structures; installation of pedestrian curb ramps as needed; and replacement of street signs.

State aid dollars, which the city receives on an annual basis in the form of state gas tax revenues, will pay $856,387,09 of the cost . In addition, $3,000 will come from the street reconstruction fund and $428,000 from the water system maintenance fund.

But at the same time as it awarded the contract, the council approved $419,945.61 in assessments to benefiting properties,.

In the case of Woodcrest Drive, there are 78 properties to be assessed – 66 multi-family residential, eight commercial, one institutional, one undeveloped parcel with a multi-family residential land use designation and two city properties.

On 113th Avenue, there are 61 properties facing assessments – 16 townhomes, 40 condominiums, two apartments, one commercial, one school district facility and one city property.

According to Moberg, the assessment rate is $20.24 a front foot for multi-family residential properties and $40.48 a front foot for commercial properties.

113th Avenue is between 30 and 37 years old and in poor condition, Moberg said.

It was constructed in stages between 1976 and 1983 and carries more than 2,000 vehicles per day.

Woodcrest Drive 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.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]