Anoka is going after state dollars to give a local eyesore a facelift.
The city will apply for Minnesota Department of Transportation funding through the Municipal Agreement Program to repaint the rusty pedestrian bridge at Fourth Avenue over Highway 10.
These funds are intended to pay for a portion of the construction costs of a project that is owned by MnDOT but also part of the Rum River Regional Trail System, according to Greg Lee, Anoka’s public services director.
Of the estimated $150,000 project cost, the city would be responsible for $27,600, which would be included in the 2015 budget, Lee reported.
According to a report prepared by Hakanson Anderson: “The Rum River Trail has increased in popularity and as the population grows the need for additional recreation sources and amenities grow as well. The population of the communities the corridor runs through, which includes; Anoka, Andover, Oak Grove, Ramsey, and St. Francis, is anticipated to grow steadily with a projected population of 407,070 people by the year 2020.”
The bridge, which has significant rust and is in poor cosmetic condition, is highly visible to the thousands of drivers traveling Highway 10 each day.
If grant money is secured, the city proposed a “rust grip” paint system that adheres to the existing paint on the structure. The consultants report this system would take four days (compared to four weeks) and one-third the cost of a traditional paint job that would include blasting, priming and painting.
When asked, Lee told the council the city would not be able to paint a logo on the bridge or use it for advertising, which MnDOT does not allow.
Mandy Moran Froemming is at [email protected]