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Bacardi Avenue work delayed to 2015

Poor soil conditions have delayed work on Bacardi Avenue.

Construction work on Bacardi Avenue will be delayed until next spring due to poor soil conditions. City engineer Phil Olson said the wet silt in the area has prevent the contractor from obtaining good soil density.

As the construction season draws to a close, Olson said it was decided that it would be best to complete the roadway in 2015. In the meanwhile, the road will be constructed to the gravel base and reopened to the public as a gravel road. Olson said the all the trunk utilities will be installed and operational this fall.

The project includes the paving of a three-lane road along Bacardi Avenue from Bonaire Path to the north approximately a half mile. Water and sewer lines were installed to serve future development and an eight-foot wide trail will be added along the east side of Bacardi.

Ryan Contracting was awarded the bid. The original bid was for $2,661,604.50. The new total will be $2,724,335. The changes to the construction schedule will cost the city $62,730, or 2.4 percent more than the bid price.

The Rosemount City Council approved the change order during its Tuesday night meeting. According to city documents, costs associated with mobilization and traffic control will be funded by state aid funds and trunk utility funds. All other change order costs will be funded with state aid funds.

A second change order will be presented at the Sept. 2 meeting for the roadway subgrade to meet the onsite soil conditions. Those costs were not available yet.

Leading up to the project, Olson said there were soil quality concerns. The area where the roadway is located is in a tight corridor and Olson said there’s not a lot of area to dry out materials. Olson said the wet spring weather contributed to the issues.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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