Anoka gearing up for more street renewal, triple project in 2015

Plans are in place for more street reconstruction in Anoka for 2014.

The city will order a feasibility report for the 2014 project, which is slated to include 10th Avenue from Jefferson Street to East Main Street, Cross Street from Ninth Avenue to the east city boundary and Madison Street from Ninth Avenue to the east city boundary.

Tenth Avenue will be included all the way to East Main Street because of its extremely poor condition.

“This is a long overdue area,” said Mayor Phil Rice. “Tenth Avenue has been in serious need of repair for a long time.”

This is the 14th year of the city’s street renewal program. In that time, 82,962 lineal feet of 60-70-year-old water main and sanitary sewer has been replaced, according to Senior Engineering Technician Russ Zastrow.

According to his report, 996 homes have received new water and sanitary sewer services and 13.2 miles of city streets have been reconstructed, accounting for 20 percent of Anoka’s street system.

The total investment of infrastructure has been nearly $22.58 million.

According to Public Services Director Greg Lee, the city is putting together a five-year street renewal plan that will continue to work in the area of Jefferson Street, east of Seventh Avenue.

Lee also said the city is also proposing to do a concurrent street renewal project in the Slab Town neighborhood in 2015.

The 60-year-old streets in this area are in poor condition, water mains are undersized and there is little or no storm drainage, according to the staff report.

“It’s a very big area, it’s about twice the size of a typical street renewal project,” Lee said.

This would include an area north of Highway 10, west of the Rum River and east of the Green Haven Golf Club.

“This area has the least… curb and gutter and good drainage and things like that of any area in town,” said Councilmember Steve Schmidt. “It’s not just redoing something that’s been done, it’s doing something that has never been done.”

Councilmember Mark Freeburg asked how the city planned to pay for this expanded reconstruction in 2015, which will go along with a regularly scheduled reconstruction of Monroe Street between Seventh Avenue and the eastern boundary of the city.

“We have been budgeting in our CIP (Capital Improvement Plan), and then annually from the electric fund $1 million annually to supplement our street renewal programs,” said Finance Director Lori Yager.

In 2015 the city will double that internal transfer to $2 million to cover those increased costs, Yager said, and then will not make a transfer in 2016.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at [email protected]