Ramsey service road to be completed this year

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The city of Ramsey got good news for finishing the final leg of a Highway 10 service road.

The Ramsey City Council unanimously awarded a $701,270 bid from Douglas Kerr Underground to finish the Riverdale Drive extension from Traprock Street to Ramsey Boulevard.

“I hope council is as pleased with these bids as I was,” said City Engineer Bruce Westby. “We were a little unsure with the bids at this time of year.”

Typically, as contractors’ schedules fill for the construction season, bid prices for late additions go up. That was not the case for Riverdale Drive extension.

The project garnered state support in a $584,280 grant through the MnDOT Metro Municipal Agreement Program.

Westby said the eight bids received by the city were very competitive and favorable, all coming in within $100,000 of each other.

The project also came in 35 percent under the engineer’s estimate of $1.18 million for a total cost of $862,563.

This project was identified as a need through the 2014 Highway 10 Access Planning Study, undertaken by MnDOT, Anoka County, the Metropolitan Council and the cities of Anoka and Ramsey.

Westby said Ramsey can tick another project off the list of 21 proposed improvements through the corridor through Anoka and Ramsey.

The city also acquired the 5.31 acres of necessary right of way for the road from Anoka County Parks. The city paid $200,000 for the property on the north edge of Mississippi West Regional Park.

Westby said the Riverdale Drive extension will be complete in October.

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