Riverdale Drive between Llama Street and Bowers Drive, IP22-05 & IP20-05

Construction Update 

May 13, 2022

During the week of May 9th – 13th, the Contractor finished installing the new force main sanitary sewer. This force main sewer was tied into the new force main sewer constructed with the Riverstone South subdivision. The force main carries sanitary sewer from the proposed lift station, to the gravity trunk sanitary sewer, connecting it to the rest of the City’s sanitary sewer system. The dewatering for the proposed lift station was installed, but the dewatering pumps and generators will not be started for approximately 10-days.

Besides maintaining erosion control measures, no work is proposed on-site during the week of May 16th – 20th. The storm sewer structures are currently being built, and will not be ready for installation the week of May 16th.

For questions related to the construction, please contact City project inspector Aaron Madsen at 763-286-2579 or amadsen@cityoframsey.com.

April 29, 2022

During the week of April 25th – 29th, the Contractor installed watermain and sanitary sewer between Bowers Drive and the future Snowy Owl Street connection of the Riverstone South Development. A temporary bituminous patch was placed on Bowers Drive after the sanitary sewer manhole was set. Residents should expect this patch to remain in-place until the Riverdale Drive street project begins later this summer. 

During the week of May 2nd – 6th, the Contractor is proposing to connect to the existing watermain and sanitary sewer in Riverdale Drive just east of Llama Street, and install the utilities to the west towards Bowers Drive. The Contractor anticipates completing the sanitary sewer along the future Riverdale Drive corridor, but will not complete the watermain. The contractor will begin installing the storm sewer, which is anticipated to takes several weeks to complete. Properties adjacent to Riverdale Drive near Llama Street may have some temporary interruptions while the watermain and sanitary sewer is being connected, and extended to the west past Llama Street.

For questions related to the construction, please contact City project inspector Aaron Madsen at 763-286-2579 or amadsen@cityoframsey.com.

April 22, 2022

The contractor will be hauling excess material from the project to the COR area on Friday, April 22 and Monday, April 25.

The contractor will continue sanitary sewer service the week of April 25th.

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 the project. Click here to view Construction Update Letter #1, which was mailed on April 22, 2022. For questions related to the construction, please contact City project inspector Aaron Madsen at 763-286-2579 or amadsen@cityoframsey.com.

March 25, 2022

On Tuesday, March 22, 2022, Ramsey City Council awarded a construction contract to Douglas-Kerr Underground L.L.C. of Mora, Minnesota for Improvement Project #22-05, Riverdale Drive Trunk Utility Improvements. At the same time City Council approved a proposal from Bolton & Menk for construction related services for the same project. Improvement Project #22-05 extends trunk water and sanitary sewer between Llama Street and Bowers Drive, as well as constructs a sanitary sewer lift station. Douglass-Kerr’s bid of $2,163,890.22 was the lowest of eleven (11) bids received at the bid opening, which was held on March 11, 2022. Including 23-percent indirect costs for administrative, engineering, finance and legal costs, the total project costs will be about $2,661,585 which is 19.4-percent less than the engineer’s project cost estimate. Bolton & Menk has begun working with Douglass-Kerr to get the required documents in order and set a pre-construction meeting. The project schedule will be determined by Douglass-Kerr, and presented to the City at the pre-construction meeting.

Plans and specifications for Improvement Project #20-05 Riverdale Drive Extension between Llama Street and Bowers Drive are currently under development by Bolton & Menk. Improvement Project #20-05 will construct the new roadway and off street trail, construction is planned to occur in the summer/fall of 2022. In the meantime, please feel free to contact City Engineer Bruce Westby with questions on either project, by email bwestby@cityoframsey.com or by phone at 763-433-9825.

Project Information

The extension of Riverdale Drive between Llama Street and Bowers Drive is needed to support development in the immediate area. During the summer/fall of 2022, Riverdale Drive will be extended between Llama Street and Bowers Drive to provide a safe access route with sufficient capacity to serve the new developments and also the existing residential properties along Bowers Drive.  Click here to view a figure showing the proposed alignment of Riverdale Drive from Llama Street to the new connection to Highway 10, east of Bowers Drive, as well as the new street segment connecting Riverdale Drive to Bowers Drive.  Bowers Drive will be disconnected from Highway 10 to prevent people from accidentally driving south on Bowers Drive after turning off of Highway 10/169. Anyone wishing to access Bowers Drive will instead have to make a decision to turn onto Bowers Drive. This design was driven by comments made by residents of Bowers Drive.  

In March of 2022, Capstone Homes will begin construction on the first phase of Riverstone South, a 244-unit residential development east of Bowers Drive and south of U.S. Highway 10/169.  Future commercial development is also proposed on the parcels between U.S. Highway 10/169 and the proposed extension of Riverdale Drive. These developers are sharing in the costs to extend Riverdale Drive from Llama Street to Bowers Drive, and will pay trunk utility fees upon development to pay their share of the trunk utility improvements serving their developments with sewer and water. 

The trunk utilities will be constructed in advance of the street and trail improvements.  The trunk utility improvement project, Improvement Project #22-05, is currently out for bids with the bid opening scheduled for March 11th.  The construction plans and specifications for the street and trail improvements, Improvement Project #20-05, are still under development. Updated information on each project will be added to the respective project web page as the projects continue to develop.  In the meantime, please feel free to contact City Engineer Bruce Westby with questions on either project, bwestby@cityoframsey.com or 763-433-9825.