3/30/2018 3:04:00 PM County Engineer updates Board on slew of projects
When the Hemingway Avenue extension gets underway, north of County Road 14 to Highway 95; including a new round-a-bout intersection at #95 on the east side of North Branch, there will be $710,000 in outside money to supplement the local costs.
County Engineer Joe Triplett announced upcoming road projects at last week’s County Board meeting and the stages they are at. His report included MnDOT selecting the North Branch project for inclusion in Metro State Aid dollars dispersement for FY 2019.
These Municipal Agreement Funds can only be used for eligible construction items. Project tasks like right-of-way acquisition, utility relocating and preliminary engineering do not qualify. Triplett had applied for $800,000 but was informed in the funding approval letter that the amount approved is the max allowed, for project funding through Metro Cooperative Agreements.
Triplett said the city of North Branch has “a couple of bugs” it’s working out with the housing developer partnering on the Hemingway extension and it’s possible this project won’t get underway until 2019, which actually improves project timing for state funding release, Triplett commented.
As for other infrastructure projects around the area -- County Road 20 (North Lakes Trail) is now in detour mode north of downtown Lindstrom, due to the bridge replacement. The detour southbound entering Lindstrom, is west on 316th to County Road 14. The bridge installation schedule calls for the work to be done by Fourth of July.
~ The reconstruction of County Road 30 (Old Hwy 61) stretch between North Branch and Stacy in Lent Township is slated to start 2018. The commissioners approved an advance funding agreement last week with MnDOT to keep it on schedule and not have to await federal allotments designated for this project. This is expected to be a two-year 2018-2019 work zone.
Work dates are yet to be announced.
~ St Croix Valley Railroad is replacing the crossing at #59 in Harris. Specific timeline is not known yet-- but Triplett said the road will close for this project. The rail company will get it done as soon as possible because the railroad wants to get the trains running again quckly, he remarked.
The county is sharing costs at a not-to-exceed sum of $38,567.
~ The county board okayed an interfund loan to accomplish engineering analysis needed to work on Ditch #9. This ditch account has $17,000 and the work to be done for pre-engineering the project, by Bolton & Menk, is estimated at $25,355. There will be a loan for the difference taken out of the Ditch #5 balance.
The county is also pursuing grants for financial help with project costs once this engineering work is done. The field work will commence as weather permits and the report will be done in eight weeks from that date.
Erosion and unstable side slopes need to be addressed, along with alternatives for an outlet between the “Chippewa Hill” gully and Goose Creek.
~ SRF Consulting Group will provide professional services for a round-a-bout designated for future federal highway funding, at Pleasant Valley Road and Hwy 8, on the east side of Center City. Engineering will be capped at $286,435.