Sunwood Drive and Waco Street Reconstruction, IP 22-01

Construction Update

September 23, 2022

During the week of September 19th, the Contractor placed the final lift of bituminous pavement. With the final lift of bituminous being placed, the project is considered to be substantially complete.

During the week of September 26th, the Contractor is proposed to finish placing topsoil and restoring the disturbed boulevard areas. The pavement markings will also be placed. Once these items occur, only small punch list items will remain.

September 16, 2022

During the week of September 12th, the Contractor finished raising utility castings within the streets to final grade. The final lift of new bituminous pavement is proposed to be placed on Tuesday, September 20th, weather dependent. During paving operations, Sunwood Drive and Waco Street will be closed to all traffic. A letter was sent out to the residents with immediate access to the streets and may be seen here. In addition to paving the streets, the bituminous trail impacted by the project is also proposed to be paved. Pavement markings will be placed, generally matching the previous layout, at least 48 hours after final paving. After which, the project will be considered complete except for minor punch list items.

September 2, 2022

To date the Contractor has completed storm sewer structure and pipe installations. The Contractor finished preparing the base and on Friday September 2, paved the first lift of bituminous pavement. During the paving operation, we have had several occurrences of vehicles and bicycles driving on the new pavement before it has been rolled and compacted. City Staff urges residents to avoid going thru the construction area unless absolutely necessary, as it is a safety concern.

During the week of September 5th, the Contractor will raise the utility castings within the street to final grade in preparation of the final lift of bituminous pavement. The bituminous trail at the southeast quadrant of TH 47 and Sunwood Drive will be removed and replaced, to straighten the trail at the approach leading to the street crossing at Sunwood Drive. Final restoration behind the concrete repairs is proposed to be complete as well. This is a shortened week due to the Labor Day holiday, and the final lift of bituminous may not occur until the week of September 12th, depending on how quickly the previously mentioned activities occur.

August 19, 2022

During the week of August 15th, the Contractor finished concrete curb and gutter removal and replacements. The excess reclamation material was hauled off-site and stockpiled for use on other City projects.

During the week of August 22nd, the Contractor will remove and replace storm sewer structures and pipe at the intersection of Sunwood Drive and Zuni Street. Also, a leaking watermain valve was found at this intersection and will be replaced at the same time. It’s anticipated to take 2-3 days to make the utility repairs. While the utility repairs are being performed, Sunwood Drive will be completely closed to traffic.

August 12, 2022

Please be advised that Sunwood Drive and Waco Street are closed to thru traffic during construction. Unless necessary for immediate access to your property, we ask residents to avoid using these roads as it is a safety hazard to both the construction workers and the general public. Also, please note the Contractor will be working Saturdays on this project.

During the week of August 8th, the Contractor began removing the concrete pedestrian ramps as needed for ADA improvements, and began spot curb and gutter removals. The Contractor also began reclaiming the existing bituminous pavement and underlying aggregate base. A roller compactor is following the reclaimer to keep the streets and properties accessible.

During the week of August 15th, the Contractor will finish concrete removals, and will lower the sanitary and water castings in the streets. After castings has been lowered, the Contractor will begin hauling off the excess reclamation material. Four inches of material must be removed to make space for the new bituminous pavement. The excess reclamation material is stockpiled, and will be used on other City projects as an aggregate base.

August 5, 2022

During the week of August 1st, the Contractor has installed the traffic control devices for the project. Sunwood Drive and Waco Street will generally be open for local traffic during construction, but it is preferred that traffic avoids the area during the project.

During the week of August 8th, the Contractor will begin spot curb and gutter removals, pedestrian ramp removals, and will lower the manholes and valve boxes within the street. On Monday, Staff will mark concrete curb and gutter for removals; If you note the concrete curb removals are adjacent to your in-ground irrigation system, please be aware damage to your system may occur. 

July 26, 2022

On Thursday, July 22, 2022, the City held a preconstruction meeting with Novco, Inc., the contractor construction the improvements. The purpose of the meeting was to review the contractor’s proposed construction schedule, to share contact information, to review the status of the permits, and discuss relevant construction related procedures, processes and requirements.

The Contractor currently plans to start work the week of August 8th and will substantially complete their work by September 2, 2022. Traffic Control Devices are expected to be placed during the week of August 1st. Please be aware Contractor schedules are subject to change for many factors including; weather, construction interruptions and unknown construction conflicts. A letter is being mailed out to all effected residents and may be seen here.

May 26, 2022

On Thursday, May 19, 2022 bids were publicly opened for these improvements. Novco, Inc. of Elk River, Minnesota was the lowest responsible bidder with a bid of $560,896.85. Staff presented Novco's bid to City Council on Tuesday, May 24th, with City Council voting to award a construction contract for the improvements. Staff has begun working with the Contractor to get the proper paperwork finalized, and to set up a pre-construction meeting. During the pre-construction meeting, the Contractor will provide information to the City including; contact information for themselves and their subcontractors, a detailed project schedule, proposed work hours and methods of construction, plans for traffic control, and other construction related information. A letter with this information was sent out to effected residents and may be seen here.

Please contact me by email at JFeriancek@cityoframsey.com or phone (763) 433-9893 with any questions related to this project in general. For questions related to construction, including any special needs or requests, please contact City project inspector Aaron Madsen by phone at (763) 286-2579 or email AMadsen@cityoframsey.com.

View the public presentation video (Youtube).

Update May 13, 2022

During the week of May 9th – 13th the City received required MnDOT State Aid approvals for these improvements. Bids for the project will be opened on Thursday, May 19, 2022. The lowest responsible bidder will be presented to City Council for award of a construction contract on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. If City Council awards the contract, City Staff works with the contractor to set up a pre-construction meeting, at which time the contractor will give the City it’s proposed construction schedule. 

Please contact project design engineer Joe Feriancek by email at JFeriancek@cityoframsey.com or by phone at 763-433-9825 with any questions related to the project overall.

Update April 28, 2022

The City is in the process of receiving State Aid approval for these plans and specifications. State Statutes do not allow bid openings to occur before State Aid approval has been received. The City has moved the bid opening date to Thursday, May 19, 2022, to allow for State Aid Approval prior to the bid opening. The lowest responsible bidder is presented to City Council for award of a construction contract, which is currently proposed to occur on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.  If a contract is awarded, the City works with the contractor to set up a pre-construction meeting, at which time the contractor will give the City it’s proposed construction schedule.

Please contact project design engineer Joe Feriancek by email at JFeriancek@cityoframsey.com or by phone at 763-433-9825 with any questions related to the project overall.

Update March 25, 2022

On Tuesday, March 22, 2022, Ramsey City Council approved the plans and specifications and authorized advertisement for bids for the Sunwood Drive and Waco Street Reconstruction project. Bids will be advertised on Friday, April 1, and again on Friday April 8, 2022 in the Anoka Union Herald and in Finance & Commerce. The City bids all improvement projects online through the Quest CDN website. The website will also make notice of the proposed project to contractors.

An update letter has been mailed to property owners with updates on the project status, it may be viewed here.

Staff is proposing to publicly open bids for this project on Monday, May 2, 2022. Staff reviews the bids to assure compliance with the bidding and specification requirements. The lowest responsible bidder is presented to City Council for award of a construction contract, which is currently proposed to occur on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.  If a contract is awarded, the City works with the contractor to set up a pre-construction meeting, at which time the contractor will give the City it’s proposed construction schedule.

Please contact project design engineer Joe Feriancek by email at JFeriancek@cityoframsey.com or by phone at 763-433-9825 with any questions related to the project overall.

Background 

On  July 13, 2021 the Ramsey City Council ordered the City Engineer to request proposals for Topographic Survey, Geotechnical Evaluations and Utility Testing for proposed 2022 Pavement Management Program projects, including IP 22-01. On August 8, 2021, the Ramsey City Council awarded a proposal to Hakanson Anderson for topographic survey, and Haugo Geotechnical Services for a geotechnical report of the project area. On August 24, 2021, the Ramsey City Council awarded a proposal to Hydro-Klean, LLC for cleaning and televising the sanitary and storm sewer, and Water Conservation Services, Inc. for watermain leak testing of the project area.  

Engineering Staff completed a review of the topographic survey and geotechnical report, determining the requirements of the proposals have been met. The initial review of the geotechnical report revealed sub-base materials which are conducive for good compaction and suitable for both utility installation and street construction. The report was further consulted by Staff during project design.

Sunwood Drive and Waco Street were included in the Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Pavement Evaluation performed by Braun Intertec. This data provides bituminous and aggregate base thickness information. 

On October 26, 2021 the Ramsey City Council ordered the City Engineer to prepare plans and specifications for said improvements. Sunwood Drive and Waco Street are Municipal State Aid (MSA) streets, and must be designed to MSA standards. Waco Street between Sunwood Drive and 150th Avenue varies from the segment widths north and south, which are 32-foot urban section to the south and 24-foot rural section to the north. 

These streets will also be required to meet an MSA 10-ton design standard. Based off traffic counts taken by Staff of 1,800 Average Daily Vehicles (ADT) on Sunwood Drive and 600 ADT on Waco Street, the proposed pavement section will be approximately 9 inches thick; 5 inches new bituminous pavement and 4” aggregate base. These numbers will be confirmed during project design, as a closer look is taken at the geotechnical report and GPR summary. The proposed reconstruction process is to use full-depth reclamation, re-use the reclamation material as aggregate base, place new bituminous pavement on top after removing excess reclamation material. With this process the existing concrete curb and gutter would remain in-place and spot repairs would be performed. If the option to narrow the street width of Waco Street is chosen, additional concrete curb and gutter removals and driveway extensions would be required, as well as additional turf restoration.

Municipal utilities exist in the project area including water, sewer, and storm sewer systems. There are no anticipated repairs to the sanitary sewer or watermain. The sanitary sewer was cleaned and televised, and the watermain was leak tested, with no leaks discovered. There are two storm sewer systems within the project area. A local system which directs stormwater runoff into catch basins along the streets and through piping into the stormwater pond located at the northeast quadrant of Sunwood Drive and Trunk Highway 47. A trunk storm water system takes runoff from the pond and directs it through storm manholes and larger pipe, which eventually outlets to the Rum River, east of Waco Street. Review of the storm sewer televising indicates some pipe and structure repairs will be necessary. During design, Staff evaluated improvements to the river outlet, and found storm water quality improvements not feasible with this project. 

The street improvements proposed with this project are identified in the City’s current 10-year CIP, and can be funded using a combination of MSA Funds, Sanitary Sewer Utility Funds, and Storm Water Utility Funds. This project would best be constructed as a stand-alone project and is necessary, feasible, and cost-effective from an engineering standpoint, and can be constructed as proposed herein.

The Ramsey Public Works Committee reviewed this project on October 19, 2021. The committee recommended City Council ordering Staff to prepare plans and specifications. Additionally, the committee recommended Staff bring a case to City Council to decide on reducing the width of Waco Street or leaving the width as existing. On December 12, 2021, the Ramsey City Council authorized the City Engineer to Reconstruct Waco Street to the existing Pavement Width as part of the Improvement Project. 

Tentative Project schedule

  • March 22th - Approve Plans and Specs / Authorize Ads for Bid 
  • April 1st and April 8th - Publish Ads for Bids
  • May 2nd -   Staff receives bids
  • May 10th  - City Council Awards Contract to the lowest responsible bidder
  • Early June - Begin Construction
  • September 2nd - Substantially Complete
  • September 30th - Contractor Completes Construction

Click here to view a figure showing the scope of this project. A link to the Construction plans will be provided on this web page when plans are approved. 

The engineer’s opinion of probable project costs for the proposed improvements is $561,000, which includes 10-percent contingency costs and 23-percent indirect costs for administrative, engineering, finance and legal costs.

Property owners will not be assessed for any of the costs for these improvements. 

Staff encourages impacted residents to contact us with question or input regarding this project. Please contact project design engineer Joe Feriancek by email jferiancek@cityoframsey.com or by phone at 763-433-9893.