Variolite Street Reconstruction IP 20-01

Updated March 6, 2020

The City of Ramsey is developing plans for the reconstruction of Variolite Street from Alpine Drive to 173rd Avenue in 2020.

On September 10, 2019, the City accepted a proposal from Northern Technologies Inc. (NTI) to complete a geotechnical report for the project area, including 61 soil and pavement borings spaced 100 to 500 feet along Variolite Street. That same day the City accepted a proposal from Hakanson Anderson Associates to complete topographic survey spanning across the entire City-owned right-of-way of Variolite and into the adjacent cross streets. This work was completed in the fall of 2019.

On December 10, 2019, a Feasibility Report was ordered for the purpose of documenting existing conditions and exploring whether the proposed improvements are feasible, necessary and cost-effective, whether they should be completed alone or in conjunction with other improvements, and to explore design options for reducing speeds and improving pedestrian accommodations along the corridor as directed by the Public Works Committee. Estimated project costs and funding sources are also explored in more detail than was done to develop the Capital Improvement Program (CIP), and a preliminary project schedule is also developed as part of preparing the Feasibility Report.

Variolite Street is part of the City’s Municipal State Aid System and therefore must be designed to meet the design standards of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) State Aid Division. A meeting will be held with MnDOT State Aid on March 11, 2020, to review preliminary plans for proposed pedestrian crosswalk improvements at 161st Avenue, as well as traffic calming and on-road bike lane options for Variolite Street. State Aid’s feedback is needed to complete the Feasibility Report. A link to the Feasibility Report will be provided on this web page once it is complete.

On March 24, 2020, Staff anticipates asking the City Council to accept the Feasibility Report and order final plans and specifications. Since much of the preliminary and final design work was completed while preparing the Feasibility Report, Staff anticipates requesting Council approval of plans and specifications and authorization to advertise for bids on April 28.

In April, Staff plans to conduct a public open house to allow area property owners and other interested parties to review draft plans and specifications and ask questions of City Staff involved with designing the project. An invitation to this open house will be mailed to property owners in the immediate vicinity of this segment of Variolite Street.

Construction is currently anticipated to begin in late June or early July.

Please contact Joe Feriancek, Civil Engineer II, with any questions about the project.

Phone: 763-433-9893