Barthels Rum River Acres & White Pines Estates Street Reconstruction IP24-01

  1. Background
  2. Project Updates

October 17, 2023

A public open house meeting for Barthels Rum River & White Pines Estates Street Reconstruction will occur from 5:30 – 6:30 PM on Thursday, November 2, 2023, in the Lake Itasca Room at the Ramsey Municipal Center. The purpose of the meeting is to present information on the proposed project to owners of the properties that are directly impacted by this project.

An informal presentation detailing the proposed project, along with funding sources will be shared. 

September 1, 2023

City Improvement Project #24-01 proposes to reconstruct the streets within the Barthel’s Rum River Acres and White Pines Estates subdivision, generally located between 164th Lane and 165th Lane, adjacent to the Rum River. This project is included in the 2023 – 2032 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for reconstruction in 2024. Property Owners will not be assessed for these improvements.

On August 22, 2023, the Ramsey City Council ordered Staff to prepare plans and specifications for this improvement project. Plans will be developed over the next several months, before going back to City Council to approve the final plans and authorize Staff to advertise the project for bids.

Preliminary Project Schedule:

  • Aug – Dec 2023           Staff prepares plans and specifications.
  • Jan – Feb 2024            City Council approves plans and authorizes bidding. More information will be available once the City Council meeting date for plan approval is set.
  • Feb – Mar 2024           Bids are received and publicly opened. City Council awards a construction contract to the lowest responsible bidder.
  • May – June 2024         Anticipated start of construction; this will be impacted by the Contractor’s proposed schedule. Construction may not start until the summer months.
  • Summer 2024              Project construction

Proposed Improvements:

Subsurface evaluation of the streets found a mix of materials well suited for pavement support, and materials that will require removal and replacement. Staff is proposing to use the current typical City pavement section of 4 to 6-inches aggregate base under 3.5-inches bituminous pavement. The specific parameters of the sub-soil corrections, removal and replacement of material not suited for pavement support, will be determined during project design. For areas not requiring sub-soil corrections, the proposed pavement section is anticipated to be achieved by reclaiming (grinding up) the existing bituminous pavement and aggregate base, hauling and stockpiling this material, re-using the reclaimed material as aggregate base, and placing 3.5-inches of new bituminous pavement. 

The existing streets have a mix of rural sections with drainage swales adjacent to the pavement and urban sections with bituminous curbing. The rural section street will continue to have drainage swales, the bituminous curbing will be replaced with concrete curb & gutter, as the concrete curb is superior to bituminous curb. 

Municipal sanitary sewer and watermain do not exist in project area and are not proposed to be extended to the project area with this project. 

Stormwater runoff from the pavement is directed into drainage ditches along the sides of the roadways. There are no known issues with stormwater management in the project area, and no improvements to the existing drainage ditches are proposed with this project. The areas of the project with bituminous curbing, will be upgraded to concrete curb and gutter with storm sewer inlets placed in the flowline of the gutter. During design, Staff will further evaluate stormwater management to ensure that no additional stormwater improvements are necessary. If you are aware of any stormwater drainage issues in the immediate area, please contact us to let us know about the issue.

Property Impacts:

Access to abutting properties will be maintained throughout construction as best as practical. City Staff will work with all property owners during construction to ensure they are informed in advance of any work that will affect and/or interrupt access to their property for any length of time, particularly due to reconstructing driveway aprons. Access for emergency services will be maintained throughout construction.

Private lawn irrigation systems and underground invisible fences may be impacted by this work. Relocating and/or repairing private irrigation systems within public right of ways as needed to accommodate construction is the responsibility of the property owner. If you have a below-ground irrigation system, you will be asked to mark your sprinkler heads with flags or stakes to assist the Contractor in preventing or minimizing damage to your system during construction. To help ensure that your system will not be damaged during the project, please relocate sprinkler heads and other system components located within the construction limits. City Staff will mark construction limits for you upon request.