Barthels Rum River Acres & White Pines Estates Street Reconstruction IP24-01
October 17, 2023
A public open house meeting for Barthels Rum River & White Pines Estates Street Reconstruction will occur from 5:30 – 6:30 PM on Thursday, November 2, 2023, in the Lake Itasca Room at the Ramsey Municipal Center. The purpose of the meeting is to present information on the proposed project to owners of the properties that are directly impacted by this project.
An informal presentation detailing the proposed project, along with funding sources will be shared.
September 1, 2023
City Improvement Project #24-01 proposes to reconstruct the streets within the Barthel’s Rum River Acres and White Pines Estates subdivision, generally located between 164th Lane and 165th Lane, adjacent to the Rum River. This project is included in the 2023 – 2032 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for reconstruction in 2024. Property Owners will not be assessed for these improvements.
On August 22, 2023, the Ramsey City Council ordered Staff to prepare plans and specifications for this improvement project. Plans will be developed over the next several months, before going back to City Council to approve the final plans and authorize Staff to advertise the project for bids.
Preliminary Project Schedule:
- Aug – Dec 2023 Staff prepares plans and specifications.
- Jan – Feb 2024 City Council approves plans and authorizes bidding. More information will be available once the City Council meeting date for plan approval is set.
- Feb – Mar 2024 Bids are received and publicly opened. City Council awards a construction contract to the lowest responsible bidder.
- May – June 2024 Anticipated start of construction; this will be impacted by the Contractor’s proposed schedule. Construction may not start until the summer months.
- Summer 2024 Project construction
Subsurface evaluation of the streets found a mix of materials well suited for pavement support, and materials that will require removal and replacement. Staff is proposing to use the current typical City pavement section of 4 to 6-inches aggregate base under 3.5-inches bituminous pavement. The specific parameters of the sub-soil corrections, removal and replacement of material not suited for pavement support, will be determined during project design. For areas not requiring sub-soil corrections, the proposed pavement section is anticipated to be achieved by reclaiming (grinding up) the existing bituminous pavement and aggregate base, hauling and stockpiling this material, re-using the reclaimed material as aggregate base, and placing 3.5-inches of new bituminous pavement.
The existing streets have a mix of rural sections with drainage swales adjacent to the pavement and urban sections with bituminous curbing. The rural section street will continue to have drainage swales, the bituminous curbing will be replaced with concrete curb & gutter, as the concrete curb is superior to bituminous curb.
Municipal sanitary sewer and watermain do not exist in project area and are not proposed to be extended to the project area with this project.
Stormwater runoff from the pavement is directed into drainage ditches along the sides of the roadways. There are no known issues with stormwater management in the project area, and no improvements to the existing drainage ditches are proposed with this project. The areas of the project with bituminous curbing, will be upgraded to concrete curb and gutter with storm sewer inlets placed in the flowline of the gutter. During design, Staff will further evaluate stormwater management to ensure that no additional stormwater improvements are necessary. If you are aware of any stormwater drainage issues in the immediate area, please contact us to let us know about the issue.
Access to abutting properties will be maintained throughout construction as best as practical. City Staff will work with all property owners during construction to ensure they are informed in advance of any work that will affect and/or interrupt access to their property for any length of time, particularly due to reconstructing driveway aprons. Access for emergency services will be maintained throughout construction.
Private lawn irrigation systems and underground invisible fences may be impacted by this work. Relocating and/or repairing private irrigation systems within public right of ways as needed to accommodate construction is the responsibility of the property owner. If you have a below-ground irrigation system, you will be asked to mark your sprinkler heads with flags or stakes to assist the Contractor in preventing or minimizing damage to your system during construction. To help ensure that your system will not be damaged during the project, please relocate sprinkler heads and other system components located within the construction limits. City Staff will mark construction limits for you upon request.
June 27, 2023
The Ramsey City Council awarded a proposal from Independent Testing Technologies, Inc. to complete a geotechnical report for Barthel’s Rum River Acres and White Pines Estates subdivision.
The geotechnical report will require 17 soil borings, all of which will be taken in the streets. You can expect to see a soil boring truck and crew members. The streets will remain open to traffic during the soil borings. A firm schedule of when this work will be performed is not known, but you should expect it to occur within the next several weeks.
Before soil boring can occur, the Contractor will call Gopher One State to locate utilities in the area, so you will likely see paint and flag markings within the project area.
June 13, 2023
The Ramsey City Council awarded a proposal from Bolton & Menk, Inc. to complete a topographic survey for Barthel’s Rum River Acres and White Pines Estates subdivision.
The topographic survey will be taken across the entire City-owned right of way, and will include survey of the street, drainage swales, any light poles, signs, trees, landscaping, and driveways up to the right of way. You can expect to see a crew of 2-3 surveyors, and a pick-up truck. The work is scheduled to begin the week of June 19, and be complete by June 30.
Part of the topographic survey includes surveying existing utilities, both municipal and private, such as cable, gas, and electric lines. Bolton & Menk will call Gopher One State to locate utilities in the area, so you will likely see paint and flag markings within the project area.
This work is being done to assist with design for the future reconstruction of the Barthel’s Rum River Acres and White Pine Estates subdivision. These streets are proposed to be reconstructed in 2024, as identified in the City’s current 10-year Capital Improvement Program. This work is preliminary, City Council has not yet approved plans and specifications for this project.