Upgrades in 2013 for Round Lake Boulevard

A feasibility report and preparation of plans have been ordered by the Coon Rapids City Council for the reconstruction this year of Round Lake Boulevard, from Main Street south to 115th Avenue.

WSB & Associates has been retained by the council to prepare the study and plans, and an open house took place with affected residents Feb. 11; letters were sent out to residents inviting them to the meeting.

As part of the feasibility study, it will be determined whether the reconstruction work will go as far north as Main Street or stop at the apron of the bridge which crosses the railroad tracks, according to Tim Himmer, city public works director.

“The bridge appears to be in pretty good condition,” Himmer said.

The feasibility report will be presented to the council at its Feb. 18 meeting, at which time a formal public/assessment hearing will be set for March.

If the project is approved following the public hearing, bidding will take place in May with construction to start in June.

Round Lake Boulevard was identified for reconstruction as part of the city’s road rating evaluation and annual reconstruction program, according to Himmer.

“The road is in poor condition,” Himmer said in a report to the council.

The road is a collector street, built wider and to stronger standards than the typical residential street to carry more traffic, which means it is eligible for state aid street funds.

These are dollars the city receives each year from the state from proceeds of the state gas tax.

The preliminary estimate of the project cost is $1.5 million, according to Himmer.

But the city plans to submit a traffic signal justification report to the Minnesota Department of Transportation for the potential installation of a traffic signal at the Round Lake Boulevard and Wedgewood Drive intersection as part of the project, Himmer wrote in his report to the council.

That cost has not been factored into the preliminary estimate, he wrote.

Benefiting property owners will be assessed a portion of the project cost with the balance coming from the city’s state aid street account.

In addition to the Round Lake Boulevard collector street project, the city is moving forward with the 2014 residential street reconstruction projects – some 8.25 miles are planned, according to Himmer.

Feasibility reports for those projects – there are three of them – were ordered by the council Nov. 19, 2013.