Residents on or near Belden Drive and Coolidge Street, between 34th and 36th avenues NE; and 35th Avenue NE between Harding Street and Belden Drive; will be “in the the thick” of this year’s street improvement project in St. Anthony.
The project includes street reconstruction with bituminous paving and concrete curb and gutter, water main and sanitary sewer main replacement, new storm sewer catch basins and new storm water treatment facilities. Some backyard drainage work between Harding and Coolidge streets is also planned.
Work is scheduled to begin in April or May, with all the restoration work and the first asphalt layer completed in October of this year. The final asphalt layer is scheduled for next year.
The estimated cost for this year’s work is $2,075,776. Residents pay 35 percent of the street improvement costs, plus some other costs, through special assessments on their property; the rest comes from city tax funds. Each home’s assessment is based on its street frontage.
Residents can pay their entire assessment at once, or pay for it as part of their property tax bills for up to 15 years. If the entire assessment is paid by Nov. 1, no interest will be charged. If it’s paid over time, the city will charge interest at 2 percent over the interest rate the city pays on the money borrowed for the project, which won’t be known until the bonds for the project are sold.
While water main work is being done, homes will receive temporary water service through large hoses that usually run parallel to the roadway.
For an idea of how the streets are likely to look when the work is done, check out last year’s street replacement work between 36th and 37th avenues NE on Edward, Harding and Coolidge streets NE, and Belden Drive.
If you live in St. Anthony, your streets are older, and you’re wondering when the improvements (and costs) will come your way, see the diagram, which shows the planned street improvement areas for each year through 2024.
Project cost / Funding breakdown
1. Replacement of curb stops are assessed at 100% of the actual cost; 2. Local drainage improvements
** This project anticipates issuing 429 public improvement bonds or general obligation bonds
The difference to be paid from Sanitary Sewer, Water, Storm Water Utility Funds.