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City council approves street project

After a public hearing Tuesday, the Rosemount City Council has approved the 2014 Street Improvement Project and assessments that will go with it.

City engineer Andy Brotzler explained this year’s project, which will improve street surfaces along Shannon Parkway between 145th Street West and Connemara Trail and mill and overlay selected streets in the Carrollton Second Addition, south of Dodd Boulevard and east of Shannon Parkway. The project also includes sealcoating of selected street throughout the city, the addition of two sections of trail and updates to handicap accessible-areas along Shannon Parkway.

Only one resident spoke during the public hearing for the project. The resident of the Carrollton addition asked if residents of the affected streets in the neighborhood would have to pay for the work being done on access points to the neighborhood.

Brotzler said while the city had initially included the access construction as part of the assessment estimates, after residents brought up concerns during a neighborhood meeting, it was decided the city should fully fund the work.

Valley Paving, Inc. received the project with a low bid of $630,418.17. With the addition of indirect costs, the estimated cost of the project is $749,368.54, which is 1.99 percent less than the engineers estimated.

The project will be funded by the city’s street capital improvement project fund, storm utility fund, trail and sidewalk improvement fund, Dakota County CDBDG funds, city striping fund, street maintenance fund and special assessments.

Brotzler said the city’s policy is to assess 35 percent of surface improvement costs for overlay projects on existing streets to benefitting property owners.

The final assessment rates for this project are $1,095 per single-family unit. Fifty-six units will be assessed for the project. Brotzler said the assessment costs came in 7.2 percent less than the original estimated assessment. Brotzler said the lower assessment was because the city removed access construction costs and the lower overall project costs.

Construction should begin in the coming weeks and will be substantially complete by Aug. 30.

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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