A repaving project on a 5.5-mile segment of Highway 10 in Anoka and Coon Rapids will begin July 15.
Hardrives, Inc., Rogers, is the low bidder on the project in amount of $7.957 million.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation hosted an open house in the cafeteria of Coon Rapids High School June 19 for people to learn about the project.
The work on Highway 10 will begin 200 feet east of the Highway 10 exit ramp to Hanson Boulevard in Coon Rapids and finish at the end of the west crosswalk at the signalized intersection with Fairoak Drive in Anoka.
About a dozen people came to the open house, according to Denise Workcuff, public affairs coordinator, with MnDOT’s metropolitan district.
For most of the construction period – the project is scheduled for completion in mid to late October – lane closures will be confined to night-time hours on weekdays and weekends.
But for a four-week period beginning July 30, a segment of Highway 10 from just west of Round Lake Boulevard to Fairoak will have permanent lane closures for four weeks for bridge rehabilitation work at four locations.
There will only be one lane open in each direction during this period.
“The permanent lane closures won’t begin until the Anoka County Fair is over and they will be lifted by Labor Day,” said Joey Lundquist, project designer.
According to Garrett Schreiner, project engineer, drainage repairs will be taking place in the medians on these bridge decks.
“We will be replacing the top four to eight feet of drainage structure in the median catch basins,” he said.
There will also be joint and concrete repairs done on the bridge decks as well, Schreiner said.
They are the bridge decks over the Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Railroad, Seventh Avenue, the Rum River and at West Main Street/Greenhaven Road.
In addition, there will be short-term lane closures on the Highway 10 ramps of a day or so in each case when the mill and overlay work is taking place on the ramps, according to Jeff Brunner, MnDOT north area project manager.
The mill and overlay work on Highway 10 will involve removing the top two inches of the present road and repaving it with a new bituminous surface, he said.
In addition, NovaChip, a thin, coarse aggregate hot mix, will be placed over the new asphalt.
This provides extra life to the bituminous infrastructure improvement, prevents water leakage and makes for a better driving surface, according to Paul Jung, MnDOT north area engineer.
The project will also include pedestrian improvement at the top of the ramps on this segment of Highway 10 – traffic signal upgrades and pedestrian crossings brought up to standards required by the federal Americans With Disabilities Act.
Federal funding through the 2012 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act has moved the mill and overlay project up a few years.
Originally, the Highway 10 project was not on MnDOT’s schedule for mill and overlay until 2016 or 2017, according to Lundquist.
And the money had to be encumbered for the project by the end of June this year to be eligible for the federal dollars, Lundquist said.
“This section of roadway is in need to repair sooner rather than later,” she said.
Highway 10 is a major east-west route with a high volume of traffic, Lundquist said.
That same funding source is being used by the Minnesota Department of Transportation for the I-694 repaving program that just started between Highway 100 and I-35W, according to Lundquist.
Work at Highway 47 railroad crossing
Safety improvements are planned by the Minnesota Department of Transportation at the Highway 47 (Ferry Street) railroad crossing in Anoka, near the Anoka County Fairgrounds.
But the work will mean that the railroad crossing will be shut down to traffic for 10 days starting in early August once the 2013 Anoka County Fair is over, according to Paul Jung, Minnesota Department of Transportation north area engineer.
The project will be done under the same contract that the state has awarded to Hardrives, Inc., for the Highway 10 repaving project from just west of Hanson Boulevard in Coon Rapids to Fairoak Avenue in Anoka, which will start July 15.
The Burlington-Northern Santa Fe crossing is one of the busiest in the state and the project will add a southbound shoulder to Highway 47 at the crossing to improve safety, Jung said.
There is presently a shoulder on the north side of the road at the railroad crossing, but not the south, he said.
Without the shoulder on the south side of Highway 47, in heavy, stop-and-go traffic, there are instances where southbound drivers choose to stop on the tracks, which is not only dangerous, but illegal, according to Jung.
“The southbound shoulder is designed to eliminate that,” Jung said.
The project will also include road resurfacing and reconstruction of the median islands, he said.
The cost of this work is estimated at $75,000.
When Highway 47 is closed to traffic during the railroad crossing work, the detour will take traffic on Highway 10 west to Sunfish Lake Boulevard, then north to Bunker Lake Boulevard and east to Highway 47 (St. Francis Boulevard).
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