Major repairs for Thurston in Anoka

The city of Anoka will spend nearly $1 million on emergency repair of Thurston Avenue this summer.

The Anoka Council unanimously agreed to award the project to the low bidder, North Valley Inc., one of five contractors bidding on the project.

The job came in nearly $170,000 under the budget for the project, once engineering and administrative fees were added in to the overall project cost of $972,500.

About three-quarters of a mile of Thurston Avenue will receive a full-depth reclamation, from just south of the railroad bridge to Bunker Lake Boulevard, according to Greg Lee, public services director and city engineer.

The rapidly deteriorating-condition of the road made it a last-minute addition to the city’s street surface improvement plans.

Lee said the contractor will be using night and weekend work schedules to accommodate the heavy commercial traffic that uses Thurston Avenue – a major artery connecting the city’s Enterprise Park to Highway 10.

The entire project will be funded through municipal state aid, generated by the gas tax.

This will use up Anoka’s available annual state allotments through 2018, Lee said.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at [email protected]