Road, bridge contracts, ski trail fund application OK’d

WashCo_logoContracts for three Washington County road paving projects and inspection of a new bridge and an application for state funds to maintain cross-country ski trails in county parks were approved Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners.

The largest contract, $1.4 million, was awarded to Valley Paving, Inc., for three of the county’s 2013 pavement preservation projects. Those projects are:

  • Radio Drive from 550 feet north of CSAH 20 to almost 1,300 feet south of Hargis Parkway in Woodbury. The work includes pavement reclamation, paving, signs and striping.
  • Innovation Road (County Road 19A) from Miller Road to the south end of Bridge No. 9071 in Cottage Grove. Work includes surface milling, asphalt overlay and striping.
  • County Road 76 from Manning Avenue to St. Croix Trail South in Denmark Township. Work includes full-depth reclamation and paving.

The county’s annual pavement preservation projects are funded by a combination of property and wheelage tax revenue and state funds.

Erickson Engineering, Inc., was awarded a separate $52,400 contract to inspect the new bridge over Valley Creek on County State Aid Highway 21 in Afton.

The company did design engineering for the new bridge. The contract approved by commissioners Tuesday includes on-site inspection, material testing and documentation according to state Department of Transportation guidelines. The inspection contract is funded by state aid.

Commissioners also approved an application for a state Department of Natural Resources program that provides funds for cross-country ski trail maintenance in county parks.

The county’s application is for slightly more than $31,500 in 2014 ski trail maintenance funds. However, funding fluctuates annually.

The county plans to use the DNR funds to maintain ski trails at Pine Point, Cottage Grove Ravine Regional and St. Croix Bluffs Regional parks and Big Marine Park and Lake Elmo Park reserves.