Contract awarded for Main Street construction project

Contributing Writer

A contract was awarded by the Anoka County Board Aug. 8 for an improvement project on Main Street from 8th Avenue in Anoka to Round Lake Boulevard in Coon Rapids.

Hardrives, Inc., was the lowest of three bidders in the amount of $2.22 million. The engineer’s estimate was $2.01 million.

Doug Fischer, county highway engineer and division manager for transportation, could not point to one factor in the bids coming in higher than the estimate, he said.

“But it is a very small, compact project,” Fischer said.

Construction will start as soon as possible and will be completed before the end of the 2017 construction season, according to Fischer.

“Work will be done under traffic,” Fischer said.

The project involves the widening of Main Street (County State Aid Highway 14) from 8th Avenue to 500 feet west of Wedgewood Drive to provide a fifth turn lane, replacing the traffic signal at 9th Avenue and Hoffman Way and mill and overlay work on Main Street from 8th Avenue to Round Lake Boulevard (County State Aid Highway 9).

The road widening will provide left-turn lanes at the intersection of Main Street and 9th Avenue, and a continuous two-way turn lane on Main Street from 9th Avenue to the dedicated left-turn lane at Wedgewood Drive.

The Hoffman entrance will also be widened to meet the needs of truck traffic under the new Main Street configuration, according to Fischer.

A variance was requested by the county and approved administratively by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to construct the through lanes 11 feet wide with no curb reaction distance on the outside lanes when state aid standards require 2 feet, Fischer said.

The bulk of the project cost will be paid from county state aid dollars, but joint powers agreements have been approved with the cities of Anoka and Coon Rapids for cost sharing.

This includes traffic signal and curb and gutter work and in the case of Coon Rapids, the county will overlay a segment of Round Lake Boulevard south of Main Street to the bridge over the railroad tracks at the city’s request, according to Fischer.