RRA supports Gateway analysis, OKs P.R. contract

WashCo_logoA resolution supporting the Gateway Corridor alternatives analysis findings and contract with a public relations company for corridor-related communications were approved Tuesday by the Washington County Regional Railroad Authority.

Both measures were approved by county commissioners meeting as the RRA.
County senior planner Andy Gitzlaff said RRA support of the Gateway Corridor alternatives analysis findings allows corridor planning to move into the draft environmental statement phase.

The alternative analysis findings call for the Gateway Corridor connect the eastern metro area with   St. Paul’s Union Depot along the Hudson Road with 11 stops, Gitzlaff said. The two favored methods of transit are either bus rapid transit or light rail transit, he added.

A locally-preferred alternative will be officially adopted as part of the draft environmental impact statement through additional input from businesses and the public.

Commissioners also approved a 12-month, $85,000 with Jeff Dreher Public Relations to provide communications for the Gateway Corridor. Gitzlaff said the contract’s cost will be split between Washington and Ramsey counties.
Gitzlaff said Dreher was selected from four proposals based on the company’s past experience with other transportation projects, ideas for reaching out to businesses and its web design skills.

In a separate transportation-related issue, commissioners agreed Tuesday to pay $37,800 toward construction of a roundabout at U.S. Highway 61 and CSAH 4 in Hugo.
The county is sharing the cost of the Hugo roundabout work with the state Department of Transportation. The project is part of the county’s 2012-2016 capital improvement program.

Commissioners also approved a nearly $140,000 contract with Access Communications for installation of fiber optic cable from the County Government Center in Stillwater to Manning Avenue.

The Government Center-to-Manning section completes a fiber-optic cable ring providing connection from the county to the state and Internet by leveraging existing fiber optic cable systems in Anoka and Ramsey counties.

The connection also provides the Government Center network redundancy during St. Croix Crossing project construction.