Business Park 95 Street Reconstructions IP 21-03

Construction Update 

Update October 27, 2021

Construction was substantially complete for the season with minor punch list items. Final payment to North Valley, Inc. will be issued once the punch list items are completed in the Spring of 2022.   

Update September 10, 2021

The Contractor placed the final lift of new bituminous pavement on August 31 and September 1. The project is now considered complete and only minor punch list items remain.

Please contact City project inspector Aaron Madsen by email at amadsen@cityoframsey.com or by phone at 763-286-2579 with any questions, special needs or requests related to construction. 

Please contact Civil Engineer Joe Feriancek by email at JFeriancek@cityoframsey.com or by phone at 763-433-9825 with any questions related to the project overall.

Update August 27, 2021

The Contractor has finished restoration in the boulevard areas. The final lift of bituminous pavement is scheduled to begin Thursday, September 2. This work is weather dependent.

Please contact City project inspector Aaron Madsen by email at amadsen@cityoframsey.com or by phone at 763-286-2579 with any questions, special needs or requests related to construction. 

Please contact Civil Engineer Joe Feriancek by email at JFeriancek@cityoframsey.com or by phone at 763-433-9825 with any questions related to the project overall.

Update August 6, 2021

During the week of August 2 – 6, the Contractor raised the manhole castings and watermain valve covers within the streets to their final elevation. The Contractor filled topsoil behind disturbed curb and gutter, and finished paving driveways.

During the week of August 9 – 13, the Contractor will place sod in the boulevard, covering all the areas disturbed by construction. The final lift of bituminous pavement is currently scheduled to be placed August 16th.

Please contact City project inspector Aaron Madsen by email at amadsen@cityoframsey.com or by phone at 763-286-2579 with any questions, special needs or requests related to construction. 

Please contact Civil Engineer Joe Feriancek by email at JFeriancek@cityoframsey.com or by phone at 763-433-9825 with any questions related to the project overall.

Update July 30, 2021

During the week of July 26 – 30, the Contractor finished hauling excess reclaim material. The remaining reclaim material was shaped, compacted, and tolerance. The first lift of bituminous pavement was placed on all the streets within the subdivision, as well as the first lift on the bituminous driveways.

During the week of August 2 – 6, the Contractor is currently scheduled to raise the manhole castings and watermain valve covers within the streets to their final proposed elevation. Black dirt and sod will be placed in the boulevards, covering all the areas disturbed by construction. The final lift of bituminous is currently scheduled to be placed the week of August 9 – 13.

Update July 21, 2021 

The Contractor will begin hauling out the top 4” of reclaim material on Friday July 23, this work is anticipated to take until Tuesday July 27. While hauling out the excess material, the Contractor will also be tolerance (shaping and grading) the material in preparation for the first lift of bituminous pavement. The Contractor is scheduled to place the first lift of bituminous pavement on Wednesday, July 28. Property owners can expect to see an increased number of trucks during the next week, during hauling and paving operations, and are asked to please use caution near the construction equipment.

Update July 16, 2021

During the week of July 12 – 16, the Contractor finished replacing the storm sewer pipe throughout the project. Concrete curb and gutter and driveway cross gutter replacements are over half complete, including the new McKinley Street extension and cul-de-sac east of Radium Street.

During the week of July 19 – 23, the Contractor is scheduled to complete the remaining concrete curb and gutter and driveway cross gutters. This is anticipated to occur Wednesday July 21 and Thursday July 22. In the interim the Contractor will focus on maintaining the reclaim material and keeping the construction site passable.

Update July 9, 2021

During the week of July 5 – 9, the Contractor reclaimed (ground up in-place) the existing bituminous pavement and underlying gravel. The reclaim material was compacted, and will be maintained as a drivable surface until the preparation for bituminous paving is made, which is anticipated for the last week of July. The Contractor began removing concrete curb and gutter, and has started removing and replacing storm sewer pipe, per the construction plans.

During the week of July 12 – 16, the Contractor will finish concrete curb and gutter removals, and is anticipating finishing storm sewer replacements. The Contractor is scheduled to begin placing new concrete curb and gutter, and placing the new driveway cross gutters on Tuesday, July 13. The Contractor will be working with property owners to only place the new driveway cross gutters on one drive at a time for business with multiple accesses, and for half driveways at a time for businesses with only one access.

For questions related to construction of the project, including special access needs or concerns, please contact Aaron Madsen, the City’s construction inspector, by phone at 763-286-2579 or by email at amadsen@cityoframsey.com.

For questions related to the project in general, please contact Joe Feriancek, the design engineer by phone at 763-433-9893 or by email at jferiancek@cityoframsey.com

Update June 25, 2021

During the week of June 21 – 25, the contractor has installed erosion control measures, including catch basin inlet protection and silt fence around the McKinley Street cul-de-sac extension. The manholes and valve boxes within the street have been lowered in preparation for reclaiming the pavement and aggregate base. The contractor has also saw cut the curb and gutter and driveways in preparation for removals.

During the week of June 28 – July 2, the contractor is scheduled to finish clearing and grubbing the McKinley Street cul-de-sac extension area and remove the topsoil where the new street will be placed. The contractor will focus on grading this area to the road base elevation.

Update June 16, 2021

On June 15, 2021 a preconstruction meeting was held for 2021 Pavement Management Program projects. At this meeting North Valley provided information to the City including; contact information, a materials suppliers list, dates of upcoming construction work, their anticipated hours and methods of construction, their traffic control plans, and other general construction information.

North Valley submitted the following construction schedule to the City:

June 16     Install inlet protection (1 day)

                  Lower manholes and valves in the street (2 days)

                  Saw cut for future driveway and curb removals (2 days)

June 21     Clear and grub trees/shrubs area for cul-de-sac extension (1 day)

                  Silt fence installation to follow grubbing same day (1 day)

July 7         Reclaim the streets (2 days)

July 8         Curb removal (2 days)

                  Storm sewer pipe removal and installation (5 days)

Driveways will be removed and replaced generally following curb removal and storm sewer installations, though timelines may cross over.

The first lift of bituminous will be placed after driveways have cured, and following grading of the reclaim material, this is anticipated to occur around the 3rd week of July.

Please know all construction schedule may be impacted by factors outside of the Contractor’s and City’s control, such as weather, and discoveries made during construction.

Please contact City project inspector Aaron Madsen by email amadsen@cityoframsey.com or by phone at 763-286-2579 with any questions, special needs or request related to construction.

Please contact project design engineer Joe Feriancek by email jferiancek@cityoframsey.com or by phone at 763-433-9893 for any concerns or questions related to this project.


Background Information -

Updated June 11, 2021

On Wednesday June 16, the Contractor, North Valley, will begin lowering castings and valves within the streets. On Thursday, June 17, a subcontractor will begin reclaiming the existing bituminous pavement. The reclaiming operation includes grinding up the existing bituminous pavement and underlying aggregate base, this is followed by a roller compactor and left in-place for now. After compacted the reclaim material is drivable, and will look similar to a gravel road. Access will generally be left open; however, temporary limitations will occur at intersections and driveways while equipment is moving past. Construction signs are being posted and a letter is being mailed out Friday June 11, to prepare businesses in the Business Park 95 subdivision of the coming work, the letter may be seen here.

The City will hold a pre-construction meeting with North Valley, their sub-contractors, and other project stake holders on Tuesday, June 15. A more detailed update will be given following that meeting. Please feel free to email Joe Feriancek or call at 763-433-9893 for any concerns or questions related to this project.


Updated April 29, 2021

On Tuesday April 27, the Ramsey City Council awarded a construction contract to the lowest responsible bidder, North Valley, Inc. for City Improvement Project #21-03; Business Park 95 Street Reconstructions. The total bid was for $942,685.58, coming in 19% below the engineer’s estimate of $1,165,015.80. This includes the alternative bid for the extension of McKinley Street and construction of a cul-de-sac, which will allow for safe turn around. Staff has begun working with the contractor to get the required documentation complete, and to set up a preconstruction meeting, with expectation of construction starting in early June. A letter was mailed out to effected property owners on April 30, 2021 and can be seen here.

The City is committed to working cooperatively with property owners and the general public to minimize concerns and impacts during construction. Please feel free to email Joe Feriancek or call at 763-433-9893 for any concerns or questions related to this project.

Updated March 26, 2021

The City of Ramsey has developed plans for the reconstruction of Business Park 95 Subdivision including; 140th Avenue, McKinley Street, Radium Street and Unity Street. The streets total approximately 6,314 lineal feet (1.20 Miles) in length.

On March 23, 2021 the Ramsey City Council adopted Resolution #21-060 Approving Plans and Specifications and authorizing advertisement for bids to be published on Friday, March 26, 2021 and Friday, April 2, 2021, both in the City's official newspaper, the Anoka Union Herald, and in Finance & Commerce.  Potential bidders may purchase the plans through QuestCDN.com, downloading and submit their bids, with the electronic bidding software used by the City of Ramsey. This ensures that all bidders are bidding off the same set of plans, and that all bidders are notified of any plan revisions (addenda) issued during the bidding process. 

Staff proposes to open bids on April 19, 2021, and to present the bid results to City Council on April 27, 2021 for award of a construction contract to the lowest responsible bidder. 

Letters were mailed to business and property owners on January 28th notifying them of the proposed street reconstructions in Business Park 95. Only one response has been received to date. This project webpage will be updated as the project progresses, and is the best place to find the latest information on the project. 

The City is committed to working cooperatively with property owners and the general public to minimize concerns and impacts during construction. Please feel free to email Joe Feriancek or call at 763-433-9893 for any concerns or questions related to this project.

Updated February 25, 2021

On January 12, 2021, the Ramsey City Council ordered plans and specifications for City Improvement Project #21-03, Business Park 95 Street Reconstructions, which proposes to reconstruct streets within the Business Park 95 subdivision in 2021 including 140th Avenue, McKinley Street, Radium Street and Unity Street. The streets total approximately 6,314 lineal feet (1.20 miles) in length. Property owners will not be assessed for any of the costs for these improvements.

 

The 2021 – 2030 Capital Improvement Program, adopted on December 8, 2020 by the Ramsey City Council, identifies the streets in Business Park 95 for reconstruction in 2021.

 

On February 24, 2020, the Ramsey City Council indefinitely suspended the annual sealcoat program and reallocated $250,000 of the budgeted 2020 sealcoat funds for pavement overlay improvements in the Business Park 95 subdivision since the streets within Business Park 95 are prematurely deteriorating due to pavement stripping, which is the driving force for suspending the annual sealcoat program.

 

In February of 2020, Staff hired WSB to perform a pavement forensics analysis, which included the extraction of pavement cores from each street segment proposed to receive overlay improvements in Business Park 95. Based on WSB and Associates pavement forensics analysis, it was found that the deterioration of the streets in Business Park 95 were beyond the scope of overlay improvements. WSB's report solidified Staff’s recommendation not to overlay the streets within Business Park 95 in 2020. 

 

On March 16, 2020, the Public Works Committee supported Staff’s conclusions and recommendations that the proposed Amended 2020 Pavement Overlay Improvements, including Business Park 95, were not feasible or cost-effective from an engineering standpoint, and that the overlay improvements as proposed should not be completed in 2020.

 

On November 10, 2020, the Ramsey City Council authorized Staff to execute proposals from Bolton & Menk for topographic survey work, and from Chosen Valley Testing (CVT) for geotechnical evaluation work, both of which are required to complete the project design and prepare plans and specifications. The CVT Geotechnical Report has since been received and can be seen here. The geotechnical report generally found clean sand below the existing bituminous and gravel pavement sections.

 

On December 8, 2020, the Ramsey City Council authorized Staff to execute proposals from Nelson Sanitation & Rental, Inc. for televising services of the sanitary sewer and storm sewer within the project area, and from Water Conservation Services, Inc. for watermain leak testing services within the project area. The testing of the municipal utilities is not yet complete, but if utility testing reveals any issues, the required repair work will be incorporated into the plans. No extensions to municipal utilities are proposed with this project.

 

In 2020, Business Park 95 was included in the Ground Penetrating Radar Pavement Evaluation performed by Braun Intertec. This data provides bituminous and aggregate base thickness information. 

 

The Business Park 95 subdivision is a commercial subdivision with heavy truck traffic. During the fall of 2020, Staff took traffic counts and recorded annual daily traffic (ADT) volumes of 846 on Unity Street south of Bunker Lake Boulevard, and 2,245 on McKinley Street east of Sunfish Lake Boulevard.

 

The City does not have a standard commercial pavement section, however, since these roads must be open during all seasons to heavy truck traffic, Staff is proposing to reconstruct the streets to a 9-ton design, per MnDOT design guidelines. Based upon pavement coring's, the existing pavement section meets a 9-ton design. The existing concrete curb and gutter is generally in good condition. Staff proposes reconstructing the streets by the full-depth reclamation method. This includes reclaiming the existing pavement and aggregate base section, removing the top 4-inches of reclaim material, then compacting the remaining 6-inches of material in place to serve as aggregate base.  Then 4-inches of new bituminous pavement is proposed to be placed on top to effectively provide a 10-inch minimum pavement section, meeting a 9-ton design strength.

 

The east end of the pavement on McKinley Street ends approximately 400-feet east of Radium Street. McKinley Street is then gravel for approximately 75-feet more before turning into a private driveway, leaving no space within public right of way for snow plows or emergency vehicles to turn around. Staff proposes to extend McKinley Street approximately 300-feet with a 100-foot diameter cul-de-sac (CDS) at the east end within existing city-owned right-of-way. The CDS improvements are supported by the City’s Public Works and Fire Departments. This CDS road would have the added benefit of providing better access to an existing trunk sanitary sewer line which exists in green space east of McKinley Street. Staff proposes adding this CDS road as an alternate bid to the Business Park 95 Street Reconstruction plans, which will allow the City Council to discuss the proposed CDS road improvements knowing the estimated construction costs.

 

Approximately 450-feet of the west end of McKinley Street is proposed to be left as is because this segment will be reconstructed with the Sunfish Lake Boulevard & BNSF Railway grade separation improvements, part of the Ramsey Gateway Highway 10 Improvements project. The construction limit on the west end of McKinley Street will terminate at the tie down location for the Ramsey Gateway Improvements, avoiding throw away costs. The preliminary design for the Sunfish Lake Boulevard & BNSF Railway grade separation improvements will be well underway by the time final plans for Improvement Project #21-03 are to be presented to the City Council for approval and authorization to advertise for bids. And if the Sunfish Lake Boulevard design changes before the reconstruction of McKinley Street begins, the construction limit will be adjusted accordingly.

 

Click here to view a figure showing the scope of this project. A link to the construction plans will be provided on this web page when plans are approved.

 

Tentative Project schedule
March 23 – Approve Plans and Specifications / Authorize Ads for Bids
March 26, and April 2 – Publish Ads for Bids
April 20 – Bid opening
April 27 – Accept Bids / Award Contract
Early June – Begin construction

Early September  – Substantial completion

Late September - Contractor Completes Construction

 

The engineer’s opinion of probable project costs for the proposed improvements is $1,070,000. Estimated costs include 10-percent contingency costs, as well as 23-percent indirect costs for administrative, engineering, finance, and legal costs. A breakdown of the estimated project costs is as follows. Property owners will not be assessed for any of the costs for these improvements.

  • Base Street                                    = $ 920,000
  • Base Storm Sewer                         = $   25,000
  • Alternate Cul-de-Sac (CDS)         = $ 110,000
  • Alternate CDS Storm Sewer         = $   15,000

The street improvements proposed with this project are identified in the City’s current 10-year CIP, and can be funded using a combination of Pavement Management Funds, Stormwater Utility Funds, and the previously dedicated $250,000.

City Council has not yet approved the final project.