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Baxter City Council: Excelsior Road project costs detailed

BAXTER - Plans for an Excelsior Road construction project moved forward Thursday following a public hearing on proposed assessments. Scott Hedlund, senior project manager with Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), provided an overview of the project a...

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Scott Hedlund, senior project manager at Short Elliott Hendrickson (left) presents details for the planned Excelsior Road construction project at the March 19 Baxter City Council meeting. Renee Richardson/Brainerd Dispatch

BAXTER - Plans for an Excelsior Road construction project moved forward Thursday following a public hearing on proposed assessments.

Scott Hedlund, senior project manager with Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), provided an overview of the project and expected costs for the city and property owners.

Excelsior Road in Baxter passes behind the Lakes 12 Theatre, runs by the Northland Arboretum and trailhead parking lot, past Arbor Glen and Autumn Glenn apartments and by Super One Foods. On its eastern border, Excelsior Road turns into Jackson Street behind the Westgate Mall where the city limits of Baxter and Brainerd meet.

Plans are to reconstruct Excelsior Road from Jackson Street to Cypress Drive and in a connected but separate project, make improvements to the pedestrian crossing farther west by Mills Fleet Farm.

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Plans are to reconstruct Excelsior Road from Jackson Street to Cypress Drive and in a connected but separate project, make improvements to the pedestrian crossing farther west by Mills Fleet Farm, starting construction in April or May. The project is slated for completion by Oct. 31.

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Total project cost is projected to be $3.18 million for construction, purchase of land for the right-of-way and engineering and related services. The streets, trails, sidewalk, lighting, pedestrian crossing and land acquisition accounts for about $1.9 million of the total cost. The storm sewer, storm pond and ditch work is expected to cost another $1.17 million.

The city plans to pay about 90 percent of the total project costs. Assessments to property owners are calculated in two ways, by the front footage on the improved streets and through an area-wide assessment for properties benefiting from the project with Excelsior Road access. Broadmoor Drive, which leads to the Arbor Glen and Autumn Glenn apartment complex, falls into the area-wide assessment.

Expectations are for a 5.5 percent interest rate for assessments. The exact rate won't be known until the project is ordered and bonds sold. Per city policy, property owners on mill and overlay projects have a seven-year repayment plan and those on full-depth reclamation projects, where the street is rebuilt, have a 12-year payback period. Excelsior Road will be a full-depth reclamation project while work on a connecting street, Conservation Drive, will be a mill and overlay. The city has hardship criteria where senior citizens, disabled or active military personnel may receive an assessment deferment.

With the assessment hearing completed, the next steps include awarding the contract and starting construction in April or May. The project is slated for completion by Oct. 31.

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Excelsior Road will be closed to through traffic, but property owner and resident access will be maintained.

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Excelsior Road will be closed to through traffic, but property owner and resident access will be maintained. Council member Steve Barrows asked about an increase from preliminary figures for the storm-sewer work.

Hedlund said the increase is related to dewatering costs as the area has a high-water table and manhole charges are also higher.

"The biggest thing is the dewatering," said Trevor Walter, public works director.

"You are blessed or cursed with high groundwater and that is definitely the case here," Hedlund said.

Mayor Darrel Olson was absent. Two people attended the hearing, expressing interest in taking the details back to fellow residents.

The issue will be back on the council agenda on April 7.

RENEE RICHARDSON, associate editor, may be reached at 855-5852 or renee.richardson@brainerddispatch.com . Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Dispatchbizbuzz .

Renee Richardson is managing editor at the Brainerd Dispatch. She joined the Brainerd Dispatch in 1996 after earning her bachelor's degree in mass communications at St. Cloud State University.
Renee Richardson can be reached at renee.richardson@brainerddispatch.com or by calling 218-855-5852 or follow her on Twitter @dispatchbizbuzz or Facebook.
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