Hearings set on two Coon Rapids street reconstruction projects

Public improvement and assessment hearings have been set by the Coon Rapids City Council for Tuesday, March 18, 7 p.m., on two of four street reconstruction projects planned this year in the city.

The council accepted feasibility reports Feb. 18 on a residential street reconstruction project covering 2.3 miles in an area generally lying east of Blackfoot Street between 119th and 121st avenues and streets in an area adjacent to Hanson Boulevard between 113th Avenue and Robinson Drive, plus a collector street reconstruction project on 1.2 miles of Round Lake Boulevard from 115th Avenue to 450 feet south of Main Street.

Ten streets are impacted by the residential street reconstruction project, the scope including 87 single-family homes, 128 multi-family properties and 10 commercial properties, according to Ken Kawlewski, consulting engineer with WSB & Associates and acting city engineer.

The streets are:

• 120th Avenue NW – from 9th Avenue NW to Cree Street NW.

• 119th Lane – from 9th Avenue NW to Cree Street NW.

• Eldorado Street – between 119th and 120th avenues NW.

• 119th Avenue – from 9th Avenue NW to Blackfoot Street NW.

• Cree Street – from 119th to 121st avenues NW.

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

• Martin Street – from 113th Avenue NW to the cul-de-sac.

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

• 114th Avenue – from Martin Street NW to Robinson Drive NW.

• Ibis Street – from 113th Avenue NW to the cul-de-sac.

Besides reconstructing the street itself, the project will include removing and replacing damaged curb and gutter, sidewalk and pedestrian ramp improvements, water main replacement on 115th Avenue and repairs to existing sanitary sewer and storm drains where needed, Kawlewski wrote in his feasibility report.

Under the city’s assessment policy for street reconstruction projects, single-family lots will be assessed a lump sum of $1,667, while multi-family residential properties will pay $20.83 a front foot and commercial property $41.65 a front foot.

That will generate $444,220 in assessments, but the overall project cost is estimated at $1,934,850 by Kawlewski.

The rest of the cost will come from four city funds: $740,040 from the street reconstruction fund, $65,000 from the sidewalk construction fund, $68,050 from the storm water drainage fund and $617,540 from the water system maintenance fund, according to Kawlewski.

The work on Round Lake Boulevard, in addition to a reconstructed street, will include complete removal and replacement of existing curb and gutter, sidewalk and pedestrian ramp improvements and construction of an eight-foot wide bituminous trail on the east side of the boulevard the entire length of the project, Kawlewski wrote in his feasibility report.

As needed repairs or replacements will also be made to existing storm drain, water main and sanitary sewer.

The assessment policy is the same for a collector street like Round Lake Boulevard as it is for a residential street. This project impacts 12 single-family homes, 29 multi-family properties and eight commercial properties.

The estimated cost of the project is $2,614,338, of which assessments will pay $129,942.05.

But as a collector street, which is built wider and to stronger standards to carry more traffic than residential streets, the project qualifies for state aid street dollars, for which the city receives an annual allocation from state gas tax revenues.

According to Kawlewski, state aid will pay $1,992,955.95 with $16,530 coming from the sanitary sewer fund, $86,400 from the storm water drainage fund and $388,510 from the water system maintenance fund.

Feasibility reports are currently being prepared on two other residential street reconstruction projects planned in 2014.

One covers 3.25 miles and involves 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 other project will 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.

Neighborhood open houses for these two projects took place this week with the feasibility reports going to the council at its March 4 meeting, according to Tim Himmer, city public works director.

The public improvement and assessment hearings will be scheduled for the council’s April 1 meeting, Himmer said.

  • Pat Walker

    Be grateful you don’t live in Anoka, where the assessment for a residential lot is $5,770.