Riverdale Drive Reconstruction, Feldspar Street to Sunfish Lake Blvd - IP 21-00
April 29, 2021
As with all City improvement projects, this project web page will be updated as new information concerning the construction of this project becomes available. This web page will therefore remain the best source for updated information throughout construction of this project.
On March 9, 2021, Kuechle Underground, Inc. (KUI) was awarded the construction contract for this project in the amount of $771,913.13. Property owners will not be assessed for any of the project costs.
On April 28, 2021, a preconstruction meeting was held for this 2021 Pavement Management Program project. At this meeting, KUI 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.
On April 29, 2021, KUI submitted the following construction schedule to the City.
• April 30 - May 6 Bituminous pavement reclamation
• May 10 Install dewatering for stormwater pollution control structure
• May 13 – 18 Watermain
• May 18 – 21 Storm sewer
• May 24 – June 16 Grade, shape and compact aggregate base
• June 1 – 11 Concrete curb and gutter, driveways and walks
• June 17 – 22 Bituminous paving of streets and driveways
• June 23 – 25 Pavement striping
• June 28 – July 7 Boulevard grading and turf restoration
As with all outside construction work, dates are subject to change depending on weather and availability of equipment and materials.
Bituminous pavement reclamation work generally involves using a mobile pavement reclaiming machine to grind existing pavement up, along with a portion of the underlying aggregate base. This reclaim material is placed back onto the street. A sufficient amount of reclaim material will be left in place to provide 6-inches of compacted recycled aggregate base, while the rest will be hauled off site. Near the end of construction, 4-inches of new bituminous pavement will be placed over the shaped and compacted reclaim material.
Groundwater dewatering will be needed to install the stormwater pollution control structure. This will require shallow wells to be installed where work is to occur, which is on the south side of Riverdale Drive approximately 800 feet east of Dolomite Street. A portable generator will be used to power the wells. A permit from the Department of Natural Resources is required for this work and has been applied for.
Private lawn irrigation systems may be impacted by this work. Property owners are responsible for relocating and/or repairing private irrigation systems within public right of ways to accommodate construction. If you have a below ground irrigation system, please mark your sprinkler heads with flags to help prevent or minimize damage to your system during construction. Flags are available for free at the Engineering Department desk in the Ramsey Municipal Center, or by contacting project inspector Aaron Madsen. To help ensure your irrigation system will not be damaged during construction, please relocate all sprinkler heads and other irrigation system components located within the construction limits, which City project inspector Aaron Madsen can locate for you upon request.
Access to properties will be maintained throughout construction as best as practical. City Staff will work with all property owners during construction to provide sufficient access, and to inform property owners in advance of any work that will interrupt access to their property for more than the work day, such as when constructing curb and gutter along driveway aprons, or when reconstructing driveway aprons. Access for emergency services will be maintained throughout construction.
As always, the City’s goal is to complete construction as quickly as practical once construction begins to minimize impacts to the public. Construction update letters will be mailed periodically to properties having direct access onto Riverdale Drive, and to properties on streets that directly connect to the reconstructed segment of Riverdale Drive. Click here to view Construction Update Letter #1, which was mailed on April 29, 2021. Contact information for project Staff is located at the bottom of this web page.
Updated April 23, 2021
City Improvement Project #21-00 proposes to reconstruct approximately 2,925 lineal feet (0.55 miles) of Riverdale Drive in 2021 from Feldspar Street to approximately 200 feet west of Sunfish Lake Boulevard, which is where the proposed grade-separated interchange for Sunfish Lake Boulevard at Highway 10 will tie in. Riverdale Drive east of this point is proposed to be reconstructed in 2024/25 when the proposed Sunfish Lake Boulevard and Highway 10 interchange is constructed. The City will continue to patch this segment of Riverdale Drive until it is reconstructed. Property owners will not be assessed for any of the costs for these improvements.
Municipal utilities (water supply and sanitary sewer) exist in the project area. Sanitary sewer improvements are not proposed with this project as the sanitary sewer lines were cleaned and televised and the results verified that repairs are not immediately needed or anticipated to be needed during the 60-year design life of the improvements. Water supply improvements are also not proposed, except that water service lines extending from the trunk line to each property are proposed to be inspected at the right of way to confirm that each service line is properly tied back to the trunk line. This work will help ensure that service line repairs will not be needed during the design life of the improvements, and is being proposed as repairs to several water service lines were required recently along this segment of Riverdale Drive as a result of the service lines not being properly tied back to the trunk line. The water supply system was recently tested for leaks and the results indicate that repairs are not immediately needed or anticipated to be needed during the design life of the improvements.
Storm sewer improvements are proposed with this project including construction of a trunk storm sewer line under Riverdale Drive to more adequately convey stormwater runoff from the Dolomite Street intersection area to the Mississippi river, and adding a structural pollution control device to the outlet pipe to remove pollutants from the stormwater before it is discharged into the Mississippi river.
Riverdale Drive is currently 44-feet wide from face-of-curb to face-of-curb, but is proposed to be reduced by 10-feet throughout the corridor to a width of 34-feet from face-of-curb to face-of-curb. To accomplish this, two existing 6-foot wide on-street bike lanes on the west end of Riverdale Drive are proposed to be removed, along with the on-street parking lane along the north side. An 8-foot wide on-street parking lane is proposed along the south side of Riverdale Drive to accommodate over-flow parking for adjacent properties, and could accommodate parking for trail users and the proposed Mississippi River overlook, east of Dolomite Street. Drive lanes are proposed to be 12-feet wide, with an additional 2-feet provided along the curb on the north side to better accommodate truck traffic and to mitigate loss of usable pavement in the winter due to snow and ice accumulations.
A 10-foot wide off-street bituminous trail exists north of Riverdale Drive and west of Sunfish Lake Boulevard. This trail terminates approximately 300 feet east of Dolomite Street, where it then ties into Riverdale Drive. This off-street trail segment is proposed to be extended west to Feldspar Street to provide a safer facility for pedestrians and bicyclists. The trail will be separated from Riverdale Drive by a boulevard between 6 and 8-feet wide, which will better accommodate snow storage and reduce drifting of snow along the corridor as compared to the existing 0 to 2-foot wide boulevard.
Demolishing the segment of Dolomite Street between Riverdale Drive and Highway 10 may also be completed as part of this project. This work is identified in the Highway 10 Access Planning Study, and was carried forward in the Ramsey Gateway Plan. On February 23, 2021, the City Council authorized preparing plans and specifications for this work, which were recently completed and approved by MnDOT State Aid, which is necessary since Dolomite Street connects to the shoulder of Highway 10 so work will occur within MnDOT right-of-way. City Council approval to add this work to the Riverdale Drive Reconstruction project is still required.
A 6-foot wide concrete sidewalk was contemplated along the south side of Riverdale Drive between Dolomite Street and Feldspar Street to enhance pedestrian access to Riverdale Park for pedestrians with origins or destinations south of Riverdale Drive. However, these improvements were estimated to cost $110,000 which far outweighed the anticipated benefits so this sidewalk is not being constructed as part of this project.
Construction of the proposed Mississippi River observation deck and trail connection, which is included in the 2021 - 2030 CIP, was also contemplated as part of this project. However, constructing the observation deck and trail connection as part of this project would not result in reduced costs so this work will instead be considered at the time the private property they are proposed to be built on is developed, which will also ensure that the final design compliments the development proposal, and that the proper easements will be conveyed.
On November 24, 2020, the Ramsey City Council accepted a proposal from Bolton & Menk, Inc. to provide design services for this project including collecting topographic survey data, completing geotechnical evaluations, preparing plans and specifications complying with Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) State Aid standards, providing required submittals to State Aid, and bidding services. Riverdale Drive is part of the City’s Municipal State Aid Street (MSAS) system and is must therefore meet 10-ton pavement design strength standards, as well as other applicable State Aid standards.
On January 26, 2021, the City Council approved final plans and specifications as prepared by Bolton & Menk, Inc. and authorized advertisements for bids.
On March 2, 2021, eleven bids were received and opened. Kuechle Underground Inc. submitted the lowest responsible bid in the amount of $771,913.13 for construction of the proposed improvements in accordance with the approved plans and specifications and advertisements for bids. The low bid was $153,183.37 (16.6%) less than the engineer’s estimate.
On March 9, 2021, the City Council awarded a construction contract to Kuechle Underground, Inc. (the Contractor).
A preconstruction meeting is scheduled for April 28, at which time the Contractor will inform the City of their proposed work plan and schedule. The Contractor has informed the City that they plan to begin construction on April 29, starting with reclaiming the existing pavement. This work involves using a pavement reclaiming machine to grind the existing pavement in place, along with a portion of the underlying aggregate base. This reclaimed material is placed back onto the street for use as new aggregate base under the new pavement. To prepare for this work, the Contractor will be placing construction notice signs in the project area, and will start mobilizing equipment on site.
During the preconstruction meeting, the Contractor will provide information to the City including contact information for themselves and their subcontractors, a preliminary project schedule, their hours and methods of construction, their plans for traffic control, and other construction related information. This information will be shared with property owners most impacted by this project in a project update letter. This information will also be added to this project web page, which will remain the best source of updated project information throughout construction. Project update letters will be mailed periodically to property owners most impacted by this project to keep them informed of progress and of upcoming work that could impact them directly.
During construction, access to driveways and streets may be partially or fully restricted during normal working hours. Access may also be partially or fully restricted up to 7 days where concrete curb and gutter is being installed along driveway aprons, and at concrete driveway aprons that need to be replaced. This will allow the new concrete section adequate time to cure. During these times, access will be maintained to the front of properties to allow walk in access. If owners of properties along Riverdale Drive have any special access needs during construction, please contact City project inspector Aaron Madsen as soon as possible so he can work to accommodate your needs.
Construction sequencing typically involves placing construction signs, installing silt fence and other sediment control practices, reclaiming of pavement, installing or repairing utilities, grading boulevards and streets, replacing concrete curb and gutter as needed, replacing concrete driveway aprons and walks as needed, grading and compacting the new aggregate base, then placing new bituminous pavement on streets and driveways and establishing turf. Specific dates for each construction operation will depend on the weather and other factors that may be out of the City’s or the Contractor’s control. However, the goal is to complete construction as quickly as practical once construction begins to minimize impacts to property owners and the traveling public.
Private lawn irrigation systems may be impacted by this work. Property owners are responsible for relocating and/or repairing private irrigation systems within public right of ways as needed to accommodate construction. If you have a below ground irrigation system, please mark your 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 located on the 2nd floor at the above address. To help ensure that your system will not be damaged during this project, please relocate sprinkler heads and other system components located within the construction limits, which City project inspector Aaron Madsen can locate for you upon request.
The City remains committed to ensuring the long term success of its pavement management program, which includes working closely and cooperatively with property owners to minimize impacts during construction of pavement management program projects.
Click here to view the approved construction plans.
Click here to view construction update letter #1.
Click here to view construction update letter #2.
Construction should be substantially complete by September 3, 2021, weather permitting.
The proposed improvements are anticipated to have a serviceable life of 60 years, assuming that proactive maintenance operations are performed on a regular basis during the life of the improvements.
Please contact City Engineer Bruce Westby by email at Bruce Westby email@example.com or by phone at 763-433-9825 with any questions related to the project overall.
Please contact City project inspector Aaron Madsen by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 763-286-2579 with any questions, special needs or requests related to construction.