Shoreview council accepts bids for summer road construction projects

The Shoreview City Council accepted bids and authorized contracts for road improvements on Red Fox Road and County Road D at its Monday, May 6 meeting.

Council members approved both projects at separate council meetings earlier this year.

The council accepted C.S. McCrossan Construction’s bid in the amount of $1,213,762 for the Red Fox Road improvement project. The section of road scheduled for reconstruction this summer is located just east of Lexington Avenue.

Tom Wesolowski, Shoreview’s assistant engineer, said work on the project would start following a pre-construction meeting scheduled for late May. He said due to the number  of businesses in the area contractors have committed to an aggressive timeline for the project’s completion, scheduled for the end of July. 

Plans for the project include the replacement and relocation of storm sewers, water mains, storm water improvements and the widening of the street with the addition of a turn lane.

Traffic signals at the Red Fox Road and Lexington Avenue intersection will also be updated to accommodate increased traffic flow.

The council accepted Arnt Construction Company’s bid and authorized the contract for reconstruction of County Road D and Cottage Place Road in the amount of $2,074,519.

the Shoreview and Roseville city councils voted to approve the project for the reconstruction of a half-mile stretch of the roadway between Lexington Avenue and Victoria Street earlier this year.

Like the Red Fox Road project, County Road D will receive updates to its outdated infrastructure along the roadway.

“Some of the water mains in the area date back to the 1890s,” Wesolowski said.

In addition to asphalt resurfacing, the project will include construction of concrete curbs and gutters, reconstruction of the old water main, installation of new storm sewers and a new sidewalk on the Roseville side of the street.

County Road D divides the two municipalities with Shoreview to the north and Roseville to the south. Costs for the project will be split between the two cities.

Cottage Place Road will also be reconstructed and will receive updates to its water main and storm sewer. A cul-de-sac will also be constructed at the western end of the road.

Wesolowski said construction on Cottage Place Road would begin this week. Workers will hold off on construction on County Road D until after school lets out at nearby Emmet D. Williams Elementary School in early June. 

In other council business, council members unanimously approved the preliminary plat, site and building plan review application for St. Odilia Catholic Community for development of a prayer garden, columbarium and cemetery.

The facilities will be located on the Westside of the St. Odilia campus.

Shoreview’s community development staff liaison Rob Warwick said the cemetery would be split into two sections. The northern section will have 258 traditional grave plots and 1088 columbarium niches.

The southern section will have 48 traditional grave plots and 1,841 columbarium niches.

The semicircular columbarium walls will be approximately six feet high and will be made of polished granite.

Warwick said there would be abundant landscaping onsite as well.

There were several objections from local homeowners during a public comment period before the council voted to approve the plans for the cemetery at the Monday, May 6 council meeting.  

Some residents were concerned the cemetery would lower property values in the St. Odilia neighborhood.

Mayor Sandy Martin asked Bill Sanders -- a senior landscape architect who is working with St. Odilia on master planning for the project -- if he had any information on property values being impacted by being located next to a cemetery.

Sanders said in his 40 years of experience as a landscape architect he has worked on several cemetery projects, which he said have almost always been in residential neighborhood settings.

“I can’t think of one instance where it has had a negative impact on property values,” he said.

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7824.

 

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