Barthel's Rum River Acres 2nd Addition IP23-05

Project Update

Updated May 26, 2023

On May 23, 2023, the Ramsey City Council awarded the construction contract for this street reconstruction project to Douglas-Kerr Underground, LLC of Mora, Minnesota in the amount of $1,198,428.85. These improvements will be funded using a combination of Pavement Management Funds and Stormwater Utility Funds. Property owners will not be assessed for any portion of this project. An update letter has been mailed to property owners with updates on the project status, it may be viewed here.

City Staff will be working with the Contractor to schedule a pre-construction meeting in the coming weeks. During the pre-construction meeting, a proposed construction schedule will be discussed, and made available to residents through an update letter.

Updated May 5, 2023

On April 25, 2023, the Ramsey City Council approved the plans and specifications and authorized advertisement for bids for these improvements. Staff is proposing to open bids for the project on May 19, 2023.

Proposed Project Schedule:

Date                                    Project Milestone

May 19, 2023                     Bid opening

May 23, 2023                     City Council award of construction contract to lowest responsible bidder

Early June, 2023                Contractor may begin construction. Before construction, the City and Contractor hold a pre-construction meeting, during which tie the Contractor provides their proposed schedule.

September 1, 2023           Substantial completion, including new bituminous pavement in-place.

September 29, 2023         Final completion, including final project clean-up.

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

For questions related to the project in general, please contact Joe Feriancek, Assistant City Engineer, at (763) 433-9894 or Logan Czech           

Updated March 30, 2023

On February 28, 2023, the Ramsey City Council approved an addendum to the geotechnical report for Improvement Project #23-05, which sent Haugo Geotechnical Services back to the subdivision to perform additional pavement cores and soil borings. This was necessary work to refine the areas of subsoil corrections which will be performed as part of the reconstruction project. Staff has recently received the updated geotechnical report and is working towards finishing the plans and specifications. The current schedule proposes to bring a case forward to the April 25th City Council meeting to approve plans and authorize advertisement for bids.

On Wednesday, March 8, 2023, a public information meeting was held for these improvements. The purpose of this meeting was to present information on the proposed project to owners of the properties that directly access Barthel's Rum River Acres 2nd addition. The poser point presentation from the meeting may be seen on this webpage under Related Documents

Updated February 28, 2023

A public information meeting will occur from 5:30-7:30 on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, in the Lake Itasca Room at the Ramsey Municipal Center, 7550 Sunwood Drive NW. The purpose of this meeting is to present information on the proposed projects to owners of the properties that are directly impacted by this project, which is proposed to be reconstructed in 2023. View the letter online.


Updated December 16, 2022

City Improvement Project 23-05 proposes to reconstruct the streets within the Barthel’s Rum River Acres 2nd subdivision, generally located between 161st Avenue and 164th Avenue, adjacent to the Rum River. The streets are 24 feet wide rural section, totaling approximately 1.64 miles in length. No municipal sanitary sewer or water exist in the project area, and utility extensions to the area are not proposed. The existing drainage is through swales adjacent to the roadway and street crossing culverts. View a summary of the streets included in the project.

On August 23, 2022, the Ramsey City Council accepted a proposal for a topographic survey of the project area from Hakanson Anderson. Staff has received the survey, which is used during project design. At this same City Council meeting, a geotechnical report proposal from Haugo Geotechnical Services was accepted.

On December 13, 2022, the Ramsey City Council ordered Staff to prepare plans and specifications for Improvement Project 23-05, Barthel’s Rum River Acres 2nd Street Reconstructions.

Project Scope

This project will reconstruct the streets, replacing the existing bituminous pavement to current City pavement design standards, and staying at a 24-foot width. Two culverts which carry flow from Ditch 66 to the Rum River are proposed to be replaced as part of this project. Additionally, Staff is aware of Northern Natural Gas mainline crossings in three locations across the project. Staff is anticipating much of the project will require subsoil corrections. Public Works Staff in the past has patched areas of the road with clay coming up to the surface of the pavement and several spots of vertical displacement can be found in the pavement. The final alignment and elevation of the pavement is proposed to generally stay the same, though minor corrections may occur. The project proposes to replace existing street crossing culverts, otherwise drainage issues within the project area are not known, and the swales are performing well. This will be explored further during design.

Funding for this improvement is proposed to come from the Pavement Management Fund ($2,204,160), and Storm Sewer Utility Fund ($79,296) for a total project estimated cost of $2,283,456, as identified in the 2023 to 2032 Capital Improvement Program.

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


On August 25, 2022, residents impacted by the Barthel’s Rum River Acres 2nd Street Reconstruction project were sent a project notification letter, including notice that a geotechnical crew will be performing soil boring, and a survey crew will be performing a topographic survey in the area. View the letter online.

Staff encourages impacted residents to contact us with questions or input regarding this project. Please email Assistant City Engineer, Joe Feriancek, reach out by phone at 763-433-9893.