Coon Rapids Boulevard-Springbrook Drive intersection project scheduled

Reconstruction of the intersection at Coon Rapids Boulevard and Springbrook Drive is planned by Anoka County in 2014.

The Coon Rapids City Council Dec. 17 approved a joint powers agreement with the county which spells out the scope of the project and the cost sharing.

According to Tim Himmer, city public works director, proposed improvements include extended  dedicated left-turn lanes on Springbrook Drive, the addition of northbound and southbound and eastbound right-turn lanes, a raised concrete median on the south leg for access control near the intersection, concrete curb and gutter, traffic signal replacement and reconstruction of Springbrook Drive to Holly Street to tie in with the city’s reconstruction project in Springbrook, which was completed in 2012.

“The project is being proposed to increase safety and capacity in and near the intersection of Coon Rapids Boulevard and Springbrook Drive,” Himmer wrote in a report to the council.

According to the joint powers agreement, the estimated construction cost of the project is $598,259.90 and federal funding capped at $468,000 has been received by the county for the project.

The total cost to the city, including a share of the construction engineering cost, is $74,440.59, the joint powers agreement states.

The city’s portion of the project cost will be taken from its state aid street account, Himmer told the council.

The city receives state funding for state aid street reconstruction each year from state gas tax revenues.

An open house took place in early 2013 on this and other county intersection improvements in Coon Rapids.

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