Anoka awards bid for 2014 street renewal

The Anoka City Council unanimously approved a bid for the 2014 street renewal project.

The work will include a total replacement of the streets, underlying utilities and storm sewer system in an east central neighborhood of Anoka.

Low bidder Douglas-Kerr Underground, LLC was awarded the $1,280,872.58 construction contract for the project. This company was responsible for similar street renewal projects in the city in 2011 and 2012.

Four bids were submitted on the project, which came in $100,000 under the engineer’s estimate, according to Greg Lee, public services director and city engineer.

Streets slated for complete renewal in 2014 are 10th Avenue (from Jefferson Street to East Main Street) along with Cross Street and Madison Street (from Ninth Avenue to the eastern city limit).

The project will be paid for from a variety of sources, including the street renewal fund along with the storm water, sanitary  sewer, water and electric utilities.

Residential assessments will cover $385,900 of the nearly $1.3 million project.

Councilmember Mark Freeburg raised concerns about the timeline of last year’s street renewal project, which ran late into the season.

Lee said the city has addressed this by adding intermediate deadlines for the contractor throughout the construction season.

Penalties will be assessed to Douglas-Kerr Underground if those deadlines are not met.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at editor.anokaunion@ecm-inc.com

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