Barthel's Rum River Acres 2nd Addition IP23-05
September 13, 2023
The Contractor has been hauling black dirt and rough grading the boulevard areas adjacent to the new pavement. Currently the final lift of bituminous pavement is proposed to be paved beginning Tuesday, September 19. Paving is anticipated to take 2 – 3 days to complete. Similar to the first lift of bituminous pavement, during the paving operation, there may be short periods of access limitations to driveways and side streets, generally 10 to 20 minutes as the equipment goes by. Once the pavement has been rolled and compacted, it may be driven on. After the final pavement is placed, the Contractor will final grade the boulevard and place hydro-mulch and seed.
August 31, 2023
During the week of August 21, the Contractor paved the first lift of new bituminous pavement. Since then, they have been working to grade the adjacent boulevard areas to match in with the new pavement. Restoration is anticipated to be complete within 3 weeks.
Concrete driveways will be poured during the week of September 5. After concrete driveways are poured, they cannot be driven on for 5-7 days while the concrete cures and gains strength. Please reach out to City Staff with any special access requests.
The Contractor is proposed to place the final lift of bituminous pavement and bituminous driveways after grading has finish, though this work is not yet scheduled.
August 22, 2023
The Contractor is scheduled to begin placing the first lift of bituminous pavement on Wednesday, August 23. It is anticipated to take two days to complete the paving operation. During the paving operation, there may be short periods of access limitations to driveways and side streets, generally 10 to 20 minutes as the equipment goes by. Once the pavement has been rolled and compacted, it may be driven on. Because of the hot temperatures, residents are asked to only drive on the new pavement if necessary and avoid sharp turning movements, which can affect the pavement finish. After the pavement cools down, this is not a concern.
After the first lift of bituminous pavement, the Contractor will begin placing topsoil and touch up the boulevard areas impacted by construction. This project will receive a second, final lift of bituminous pavement in September, though a firm date has not yet been scheduled.
August 10, 2023
The Contractor has completed subsoil corrections on 162nd Avenue and Germanium Street and is currently working on 164th Avenue. They anticipate completing the 164th Avenue and Dysprosium Street corrections by August 14. On August 11, the Contractor proposes to raise the intersection of Germanium Street and 161st Lane and complete the remaining drain tile installation.
During the week of August 14, the Contractor is proposed to begin tolerancing the gravel before paving the first bituminous pavement lift. Paving has yet to be scheduled.
July 18, 2023
The Contractor is scheduled to begin reclamation of the existing bituminous pavement and underlying aggregate base on Wednesday, July 19. This is anticipated to take two days to complete. The process involves grinding up the pavement and aggregate in place, followed by compaction. The material can be driven on once compacted and is similar to driving on a gravel surface.
On July 21, the Contractor is scheduled to begin dewatering near the intersection of 161st Lane and Dysprosium Street, as required for the culvert replacements in Ditch 66. All street culvert replacements are expected to occur during the week of July 24. Please keep in mind that while culvert replacement happens, the streets will be closed in the immediate areas. Alternative routes into and out of the neighborhood will be available, though detour route signs still need to be planned.
June 30, 2023
Due to work being performed in the project area by Michaels on behalf of CenterPoint Energy. CenterPoint Energy will replace approximately 3,300 feet of 2-inch diameter natural gas lines within the right of way along portions of 161st Lane, 161st Avenue, 162nd Avenue, 164th Avenue, Germanium Street, and Dysprosium Street. CenterPoint Energy’s work is proposed to occur over the next several weeks.
Updated Project Schedule
Construction schedule – to date, the contractor has completed several preliminary items, including traffic control, temporary mailbox cluster installations, and initial construction staking. The impactful construction is currently proposed to begin the week of July 17. The work will be substantially complete the week of September 4. Please be aware that Contractor schedules are subject to change for many factors, including weather, construction interruptions, and possibly other project commitments.
Week Process (duration)
July 17 Place erosion control (1 day)
Removals, including reclamation of the existing bituminous (3 – 5 days)
July 24 Culvert replacements, including ditch 66 culvert (10 days)
Grading, including subsoil corrections (10 – 15 days)
August 14 Place first lift of new bituminous pavement (2 days)
Restoration of the disturbed boulevard areas (5 - 10 days)
August 28 Miscellaneous clean-up, placement of the final lift of bituminous pavement (3 – 5 days)
These process timelines are estimates, and some may overlap or expand.
June 16, 2023
On June 14, 2023, the City held a pre-construction meeting with Douglas-Kerr Underground, the Contractor performing the improvements. The purpose of the meeting was to review the Contractor’s proposed construction schedule, share contact information, review the status of permits, and discuss relevant construction-related procedures, processes, and requirements.
Douglas-Kerr Underground discussed the following main construction processes and preliminary schedule with the City:
Week Process Duration
June 19 Place traffic control (1 day)
Place temporary mailbox clusters, coordinate locations with US Post Office (1 day)
Initial construction staking (1 – 2 days)
June 26 Place erosion control (1 day)
July 5 Removals, including reclamation of the existing bituminous (3 – 5 days)
July 10 Culvert replacements, including ditch 66 culvert (10 days)
Grading, including subsoil corrections (10 – 15 days)
July 24 Place first lift of new bituminous pavement (2 days)
August 7 Restoration of the disturbed boulevard areas (5 – 10 days)
August 28 Miscellaneous clean-up, placement of the final lift of bituminous pavement (3-5 days)
These process timelines are estimates and some may overlay or expand.
Access to Property
During construction, access to driveways and streets may be partially restricted during regular working hours. Access to driveways may be restricted for up to seven days when concrete driveway aprons are removed and replaced. This will allow the new concrete section adequate time to cure. During these times, walk-on access will be maintained to all properties by the end of each workday. If you have special access needs during construction, please contact us as soon as possible so we can work to accommodate your needs.
This work may impact private lawn irrigation systems and in-ground invisible dog fences. Relocating and/or repairing systems within the public right of ways as needed to accommodate construction is the property owner's responsibility. If you have a below-ground irrigation system or invisible fence, please mark your pipes, wires, and/or sprinkler heads with flags or stakes to assist the Contractor in preventing or minimizing damage to your system during construction. Free flags are available at the Engineering Department in the Ramsey Municipal Center. To help protect your system during this project, please relocate sprinkler heads and other system components within the construction limits, which City staff will locate for you upon request.
May 26, 2023
On May 23, 2023, the Ramsey City Council awarded the construction contract for this street reconstruction project to Douglas-Kerr Underground, LLC of Mora, Minnesota, for $1,198,428.85. These improvements will be funded using a combination of Pavement Management Funds and Stormwater Utility Funds. Property owners will not be assessed for any portion of this project. An update letter has been mailed to property owners with updates on the project status. It may be viewed here.
City Staff will be working with the Contractor to schedule a pre-construction meeting in the coming weeks. During the pre-construction meeting, a proposed construction schedule will be discussed and made available to residents.
May 5, 2023
On April 25, 2023, the Ramsey City Council approved the plans and specifications and authorized advertisement for bids for these improvements. Staff is proposing to open bids for the project on May 19, 2023.
Proposed Project Schedule:
Date Project Milestone
May 19, 2023 Bid opening
May 23, 2023 City Council awarded the construction contract to the lowest responsible bidder.
Early June 2023 Contractor may begin construction. Before construction, the City and contractor hold a pre-construction meeting, during which the contractor provides their proposed schedule.
September 1, 2023 Substantial completion, including new bituminous pavement in place.
September 29, 2023 Completion, including final project clean-up.
An update letter has been mailed to property owners with updates on the project status. It may be viewed here.
Updated March 30, 2023
On February 28, 2023, the Ramsey City Council approved an addendum to the geotechnical report for Improvement Project #23-05, which sent Haugo Geotechnical Services back to the subdivision to perform additional pavement cores and soil borings. This was necessary work to refine the areas of subsoil corrections, which will be performed as part of the reconstruction project. The staff has recently received the updated geotechnical report and is working towards finishing the plans and specifications. The current schedule proposes to bring a case forward to the April 25 City Council meeting to approve plans and authorize advertisement for bids.
On Wednesday, March 8, 2023, a public information meeting was held for these improvements. The purpose of this meeting was to present information on the proposed project to owners of the properties that directly access Barthel's Rum River Acres 2nd addition. The poser point presentation from the meeting may be seen on this webpage under Related Documents.
December 16, 2022
City Improvement Project 23-05 proposes reconstructing the streets within Barthel’s Rum River Acres 2nd subdivision, generally located between 161st Avenue and 164th Avenue, adjacent to the Rum River. The streets are 24 feet wide rural section, totaling approximately 1.64 miles in length. No municipal sanitary sewer or water exists in the project area, and utility extensions are not proposed. The existing drainage is through swales adjacent to the roadway and street crossing culverts. View a summary of the streets included in the project.
On August 23, 2022, the Ramsey City Council accepted a proposal for a topographic survey of the project area from Hakanson Anderson. Staff has received the survey, which is used during project design. A geotechnical report proposal from Haugo Geotechnical Services was accepted at this same City Council meeting.
On December 13, 2022, the Ramsey City Council ordered Staff to prepare plans and specifications for Improvement Project 23-05, Barthel’s Rum River Acres 2nd Street Reconstructions.
This project will reconstruct the streets, replace the existing bituminous pavement to current City pavement design standards, and stay at a 24-foot width. Two culverts that carry flow from Ditch 66 to the Rum River are proposed to be replaced as part of this project. Additionally, Staff is aware of Northern Natural Gas mainline crossings in three locations across the project. Staff is anticipating much of the project will require subsoil corrections. Public Works Staff in the past has patched areas of the road with clay coming up to the pavement's surface, and several spots of vertical displacement can be found in the pavement. The final alignment and elevation of the pavement are proposed to generally stay the same, though minor corrections may occur. The project proposes replacing existing street crossing culverts; otherwise, drainage issues within the project area are unknown, and the swales are performing well. This will be explored further during design.
Funding for this improvement is proposed to come from the Pavement Management Fund ($2,204,160) and Storm Sewer Utility Fund ($79,296) for a total project estimated cost of $2,283,456, as identified in the 2023 to 2032 Capital Improvement Program.
Property owners will not be assessed for any of the costs for these improvements.
On August 25, 2022, residents impacted by the Barthel’s Rum River Acres 2nd Street Reconstruction project were sent a project notification letter, including notice that a geotechnical crew will be performing soil boring and a survey crew will be conducting a topographic survey in the area. View the letter online.