Part of Coon Rapids Blvd. Extension closed

Contributing Writer

A portion of Coon Rapids Boulevard Extension is closed until Aug. 7.

The road closure went into effect July 10 when Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Railway started concrete bridge repairs on its single-track railroad line that crosses Coon Rapids Boulevard Extension just west of the Coon Creek Junction.

While the road is scheduled to re-open Aug. 7, that is subject to change, according to Mark Hansen, assistant city engineer.

The work involves chipping loose concrete off the existing railroad bridge and replacing it with new concrete, Hansen said.

The bridge was built in 1926 and is inspected annually by both the railroad and the city, the latter because a city street runs underneath it, Hansen said.

“Structurally, the bridge is fine,” he said.

The repair work is more cosmetic in nature, but also to ensure that no concrete breaks loose from the bridge and strikes vehicles on the road, Hansen said.

No work is planned on the double track bridge on Coon Rapids Boulevard to the east, he said.

While Coon Rapids Boulevard Extension will be closed at its south intersection with Coon Rapids Boulevard, vehicles can still access the self-storage facility on Vale Street, according to Hansen.

And on the other side of the bridge, Coon Rapids Boulevard Extension will remain open to local traffic to just west of Sycamore Street, providing access to the apartments and townhomes in that area, Hansen said.

The detour route is on Coon Rapids Boulevard, he said.



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