Shoreview gives OK to Owasso Boulevard rebuild


courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation The Minnesota Department of Transportation will soon begin work to add MnPASS lanes to both directions of traffic on Interstate 35W, out of Roseville at County Road C north to Lexington Avenue in Blaine.

courtesy of City of Shoreview The Owasso Boulevard North project covers roughly a mile of roadway between Victoria Street North and Soo Street.

A large project to reconstruct a little more than a mile of a south Shoreview residential road is expected to begin this summer.

The Shoreview City Council approved plans for the Owasso Boulevard North project during its Feb. 4 meeting.

“I believe that I can confidently say that this is the largest city-initiated street project in Shoreview history by dollar value,” said Public Works Director Mark Maloney at the meeting.

Estimated to cost $6.4 million, the reconstruction will replace the road surface, as well as sewer and water lines below. It will repave the pedestrian trail to the north of the roadway and improve stormwater collection and filtration systems.

The stormwater portion was a concern for the city, Maloney said. Considerations about how runoff might affect the adjacent lakes Owasso and Wabasso required additional project planning.

“Given our protection, our environmental concerns about water quality in the city, we’ve always known that this was going to be a very complicated project from a water quality standpoint,” he said.

The city worked with the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District to prepare plans, Maloney said. The resulting project will include multiple diversion and treatment systems, and they will differ in different sections of the roadway.

The most intensive portion is between Horseshoe Drive East and Soo Street, which is where the lakes come closest to the road. That stormwater system will include catch basins, pervious pavement, pre-treatments, filtration basins, underground water storage and other features, all intended to reduce the impact of polluted water entering the lakes.

Other pieces of the project include new street lights and the completion of the Lake Owasso County Park project. Construction on the south side of the road will be completed along with the road work.

Three lots without current city water service will be added to the system, and two lots will be added to the city’s sewer lines.

Of the $6.4 million price tag, more than half is for street work. Much of the project will be funded from municipal state aid, according to the city. The Shoreview water and sanitary sewer funds will contribute about $956,000, and Ramsey County’s portion is about $484,000.

The city will assess properties to collect about $153,000 to cover curb and gutter improvements, according to city documents.

Individual assessments depend on property size, but the maximum is $2,720 per lot, except for those properties being added to the city water or sewer lines.

“This meeting establishes the maximum assessment that could be levied,” said City Manager Terry Schwerm. “After tonight’s meeting, even if the cost of the project goes up, the levies would not go up.”

Work could last through the final months of 2020.

 

–Matt Hudson can be reached at mhudson@lillienews.com or 651-748-7825.

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