Variolite Street Reconstruction IP 20-01

Updated April 2, 2020

The City of Ramsey is developing plans for the reconstruction of Variolite Street from Alpine Drive to 173rd Avenue in 2020.

On September 10, 2019, the City accepted a proposal from Northern Technologies Inc. (NTI) to complete a geotechnical report for the project area, including 61 soil and pavement borings spaced 100 to 500 feet along Variolite Street. That same day the City accepted a proposal from Hakanson Anderson Associates to complete topographic survey spanning across the entire City-owned right-of-way of Variolite and into the adjacent cross streets. This work was completed in the fall of 2019.

On December 10, 2019, a Feasibility Report was ordered for the purpose of documenting existing conditions and exploring whether the proposed improvements are feasible, necessary and cost-effective, whether they should be completed alone or in conjunction with other improvements, and to explore design options for reducing speeds and improving pedestrian accommodations along the corridor as directed by the Public Works Committee. Estimated project costs and funding sources are also explored in more detail than was done to develop the Capital Improvement Program (CIP), and a preliminary project schedule is also developed as part of preparing the Feasibility Report.

Variolite Street is part of the City’s Municipal State Aid System and therefore must be designed to meet the design standards of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) State Aid Division. Staff met with MnDOT State Aid on March 11, 2020, to review preliminary plans for proposed pedestrian crosswalk improvements at 161st Avenue, as well as traffic calming and on-road bike lane options for Variolite Street. State Aid’s feedback indicated that the City’s designs are generally acceptable as proposed. Staff is now in the process of finalizing the draft Feasibility Report.

On April 14, 2020, the City Council will consider accepting the Feasibility Report and ordering final plans and specifications. A link to the draft Feasibility Report will be provided on this page once City Council approves such report. Since much of the preliminary and final design work was completed while preparing the Feasibility Report, Staff anticipates requesting Council approval of plans and specifications and authorization to advertise for bids on May 12, 2020.

Though a public open house is not required for this project, open houses are typically conducted during the design process to allow area property owners and other interested parties to review draft plans and ask questions of City Staff involved with designing the project. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic an open house is not viable. Options are therefore being reviewed for conducting an open house on-line instead. If an on-line open house is feasible, information will be added to this page to allow interested parties to attend, either by computer, phone, or both.

Construction is currently anticipated to begin in early July.

Please contact Joe Feriancek, Civil Engineer II, with any questions about the project.

Phone: 763-433-9893