A contract for a project to reconstruct County State Aid Highway 14 (125th Avenue Northeast) in Blaine from Lexington Avenue to Opal Street was awarded by the Anoka County Board May 28.

Forest Lake Contracting Inc. was the lowest of two bidders in the amount of $2.08 million, which was under the engineer’s estimate of $2.15 million.

According to Doug Fischer, county highway engineer and division manager for transportation, the existing two-lane road won’t be expanded to four lanes under the project, but will be reconstructed to a divided roadway with shoulders.

The project also includes turn-lane improvements on 125th and connection of the south leg of Lever Street as well as installation of traffic signals at the intersection of 125th and Lever, Fischer said.

Construction is scheduled to be completed before Labor Day to accommodate the opening of the new Anoka-Hennepin District 11 elementary school for the 2019-2020 academic year, according to Fischer.

However, the new traffic signal at 125th and Lever won’t be installed by then because of the long lead time needed for delivery of the poles and mast arms, Fischer said.

Federal national highway funds will pay a portion of the project cost, but the county will have to front those dollars because $610,527 of the federal contribution won’t be available until fiscal year 2020 and the balance of $573,592 in fiscal year 2021, he said.

Other funding sources for the project are county state aid dollars, the city of Blaine and the school district, Fischer said.

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