Contract for trail connection to Bunker Hills

Contributing Writer

A contract was awarded by the Coon Rapids City Council last month for the construction of a new trail that will connect the city’s trail system with Anoka County’s Bunker Hills Regional Park.

Barber Construction Inc. was the low bidder among 10 submitted in the amount of $198,250. The engineer’s estimate was $205,400.

“Barber Construction has constructed several trails in Coon Rapids and has performed well,” said Tim Himmer, city public works director.

The new trail will connect Wilderness Trail from north of Main Street near Avocet Street to an existing trail system located south of the existing dog park in the regional park, according to Mark Hansen, assistant city engineer.

It will be constructed on county property on the west side of and adjacent to the Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Railway tracks in the southwest corner of the regional park.

Earlier this year, the council and the Anoka County Board entered into a joint powers agreement that spells out the scope of the project, cost sharing and ongoing maintenance responsibilities between the two agencies.

Under the agreement, the construction cost will be split 50-50 between the county and the city, with the county also paying 12 percent of the engineering and administration expenses, Hansen said.

The county’s share will come from a Metropolitan Council regional park grant, while the city will be using proceeds from the $17.4 million park bond referendum approved by voters in November 2013 to pay its cost.

Work on the 10-foot-wide trail could begin as early as April 24 or as soon as road restrictions are lifted with completion by June 23, according to Hansen.

In 2015, using a state grant and park bond referendum dollars, the city constructed the Wilderness Park Trail through city and county property from 121st Avenue Northwest north to Main Street, then under the Main Street tunnel to link up with an existing city trail north of Main Street at the south end of Avocet Street.