Coon Rapids starts 2014 street reconstruction process

The Coon Rapids City Council has started the ball rolling on the city’s 2014 residential street construction program.

The council Nov. 19 ordered feasibility reports and plans and specifications for three projects totaling 8.25 miles in various parts of the city.

The feasibility reports, which will be presented to the council early next year, will include a project cost estimate along with impacts to the general fund, utility fund and storm water utility fund as well as proposed assessments to benefiting properties.

In December, affected property owners will receive notification in the mail of the project proposed in their area and an informal meeting with impacted neighborhoods will take place prior to any public hearing, according to Kevin Kawlewski, consulting engineer with WSB & Associates and acting city engineer.

One project will reconstruct 12 streets in three areas of the city – one is east of Ninth Avenue, north of 119th Avenue and west of Cree Street by the Anoka border; a second is 116th Lane and Zion Street south of Northdale Boulevard; and the third is 115th Avenue west and east of Hanson Boulevard, Martin Street and 113th Lane.

The streets affected by this project are:

• 120th Avenue NW – west of Cree Street.

• 119th Lane – west of Cree Street.

• Eldorado Street – cul-de-sacs on either side of 119th Lane NW.

• 119th Avenue west of Blackfoot Street.

• Cree Street – north of 119th Avenue NW to 121st Avenue NW.

• Zion Street – south of Northdale Boulevard.

• 116th Lane – west of Zion Street.

• 115th Avenue NW – from Raven Street to Martin Street.

• Martin Street – from Robinson Drive to 113th  Avenue NW.

• 113th Lane – from Martin Street to Robinson Drive.

• 114th Avenue – east of Martin Street.

• Jay Street – north of 113th Lane.

• Ibis Street – north of 113th Avenue NW.

The second project is the largest covering 3.25 miles and involving 23 streets in an area east and north of the Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Railroad double-line tracks, south of 113th Avenue, and west and east of Hanson Boulevard.

The streets affected are:

• 112th Lane – from the cul-de-sac to Swallow Street.

• 112 Avenue NW – from Swallow Street to Partridge Street.

• 111th Circle NW – from the cul-de-sac to Thrush Street.

• 110th Lane – from Thrush Street to Hanson Boulevard.

• 110th Avenue NW – from Swallow Street to Osage Street.

• 109th Lane – from Swallow Street to Osage Street.

• 109th Avenue NW – from the cul-de-sac to Osage Street.

• Wren Street – south of 113th Avenue NW.

• Uplander Street – south of 113th Avenue NW.

• Verdin Circle NW – south of 112th Lane.

• Swallow Street – from 113th Avenue NW to 111th Lane.

• Quinn Street NW – from 113th Avenue to 112th Avenue.

• Partridge Street NW – from 113th Avenue to 112th Avenue.

• Osage Street – south of 113th Avenue NW.

• Thrush Street – from 110 Lane to 111th Lane.

• Osage Street – from 110th Lane to the cul-de-sac.

• Swallow Street NW – from 110th Lane to 109th Lane.

• 108th Lane – cul-de-sac to Hanson Boulevard, Hanson Boulevard to Killdeer Street.

• 108th Avenue NW – Hanson Boulevard to Linnet Street.

• 107th Lane NW – from the cul-de-sac to Linnet Street.

• Linnet Street – from 108th Avenue NW to 107th Avenue NW.

• Killdeer Street – from 108th Lane NW to the cul-de-sac.

• 107th Avenue NW – Linnet Street to the cul-de-sac.

Project three will also reconstruct 2.5 miles of streets, which number 13, in three neighborhoods; one in the Woodcrest area south of 103rd Avenue and north of 101st Avenue and two areas in the southern part of Coon Rapids west of East River Road.

The streets affected are:

• 103rd Avenue NW – from Sycamore Street to Olive Street.

• Sycamore Street – from 101st Avenue NW to 103rd Avenue NW.

• Redwood Street – from 101st Avenue NW to 103rd Avenue NW.

• Quince Street  – from 101st Avenue NW to 103rd Avenue NW.

• Palm Street – from 101st Avenue NW to 103rd Avenue NW.

• Olive Street – from 101st Avenue NW to 103rd Avenue NW.

• Tamarack Street – 89th Avenue NW to 300 feet north of 89th Lane.

• Sycamore Street – from 89th Avenue NW to 89th Lane NW.

• 89th Lane NW – from Tamarack Street to Sycamore Street.

• 90th Avenue NW – west of East River Road.

• 84th Lane NW – from East River Road to the cul-de-sac.

• Redwood Street – from Mississippi Boulevard to 84th Lane.

• Palm Street – from Mississippi Boulevard to 84th Lane, including the cul-de-sac.

According to Kawlewski, streets in the project areas range from 40 to 45 years old.

Improvements will include removing the existing pavement and aggregate base and resurfacing, replacement of damaged curb sections, watermain and sanitary sewer repairs and sidewalk and apron replacement as needed, Kawlewski wrote in his report to the city.

Benefiting properties will be assessed on a per lot basis for single-family homes and a front foot basis for higher density residential housing and commercial/industrial properties, with the city picking up the balance through the property tax levy.

For 2014 projects, the assessment rate will go up according to increases in the annual construction cost index found in Engineering News Record, Kawlewski wrote.

According to Mayor Tim Howe, the 2014 residential street reconstruction projects continue the aggressive program the council has been following the past few years.

“Our goal is to keep the streets the way we want them to be,” Howe said.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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