The Blaine City Council June 20 unanimously approved bids totaling $1,835,804.27 for 2013 road projects.
The reconstruction project bids the council approved were Davenport Street from 99th Lane to 105th Avenue for $888,515.72, the second phase of 93rd Lane industrial park area street improvements for $562,493.42, 101st Avenue from Flanders to Naples streets for $237,978.77 and a culvert replacement on 118th Avenue for $146,816.36.
Work on Davenport Street will have an impact on traffic getting to the adjacent National Sports Center and the shopping center that includes Kohl’s and Menards.
Assistant City Engineer Dan Schluender said work on Davenport Street will not begin until after the Schwan’s USA Cup soccer tournament is over July 20. The project should be done in November.
About half-a-million dollars of revenue from this project is slated to come from assessments, but Blaine will have to wait longer than it would like to for the approximately $169,000 payment to come from the state of Minnesota for the National Sports Center’s share.
The city attempted to secure funding from the state this past legislative session. According to Mayor Tom Ryan, next year is a bonding year for the state, so Blaine needs to contact its state legislators to stress the importance of this issue.
“We need to get this money back,” Ryan said.
This state property is one of 15 parcels being assessed based on lineal feet it has in the project area. Kohl’s and Menards are each being assessed about $58,000 and constitute the second and third highest assessment amounts for the Davenport Street project after the National Sports Center.
North Valley, Inc. of Nowthen is the contractor for the Davenport Street project and it also had the low bid for the 93rd Lane industrial park area project. About $267,700 of the $562,500 cost is being assessed.
Valley Paving, Inc. of Shakopee will be reconstructing 101st Avenue from Flanders to Naples streets. About $140,000 of this $238,000 project is being assessed.
The city had received some questions on 101st Avenue during a Feb. 21 public hearing. Brad Storch had asked why the city was not assessing property owners along Naples Street considering many of them are heavy users of 101st Avenue.
City Engineer Jean Keeley said the city only assesses properties that have addresses along a street being reconstructed, so those properties would face assessments whenever Naples Street is worked on.
The corrugated metal arch pipe culvert under 118th Avenue just west of 4th Street is starting to fail, so it will be replaced by a new concrete box culvert.
Keeley said the work on the culvert is preparation for an overlay of 118th Avenue that will begin this fall.
This $147,000 project will be covered by the storm water utility fund and constructed by Northdale Construction Co., Inc. of Albertville.
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