Rail group to provide Gateway corridor study funds


The Washington County Board of Commissioners, meeting as the Regional Rail Authority, agreed Tuesday to provide a required local 10 percent fund match for an extended study on the Gateway transit corridor.

The Gateway corridor funding request was one of several transportation-related issues addressed Tuesday by the county Board of Commissioners. The board also accepted a bid for repaving County Road 59 in May Township and agreed to work with the city of Hugo on the County State Aid Highway 8 repaving project.

The additional Gateway corridor funds pay for the completion of an alternatives analysis study started in October 2010 and in the evaluation of results phase. Money for the additional study comes from the three percent revenue sharing the county is guaranteed each year from the County Transit Improvement Board. The county must provide a 10 percent match to any money requested from CTIB.

The need for additional engineering, analysis and revised cost information on the Gateway corridor study was discovered during community open houses. The extended study should provide decision makers with necessary information to identify the best alternative to carry into the draft environmental impact statement.

The additional work costs about $200,000. The funding split is $80,000 from Washington County; $80,000 from the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority and $40,000 from the Metropolitan Council.

On the County Road 59 project, commissioners accepted a $714,340.52 bid from North Valley, Inc. for reclamation and paving. North Valley will do full-depth reclamation and paving of CR 59, or Square Lake Trail from Paul Avenue (CSAH 7) to Minnesota Highway 95 (St. Croix Trail) in May Township.

In a separate project, the county and city of Hugo agreed to accept a bid for paving of CSAH 8 and a city pavement project. The agreement has the city overseeing all design and administration and the county responsible for CSAH 8-related costs. Hugo’s project is in Lake Air and Bald Eagle estates.

The agreement gives the County Board the opportunity to consider awarding the bid for the project before the city’s approval. Dressel Contracting, Inc., of Chisago City submitted the low bid of $431,667 on April 25 for CSAH 8 mill and overlay work. The engineer’s estimate for the project was $516,190.