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    16.    
City Council Regular
Meeting Date: 06/04/2019  
Subject:    Consider Resolution of Support for Capital Bonding Request for a Pedestrian Bridge over Coon Rapids Boulevard (Port Riverwalk)
From: Grant Fernelius, Community Development Director

INTRODUCTION
Council is asked to consider a resolution of support for a capital bonding request to the Minnesota Legislature for a pedestrian bridge over Coon Rapids Boulevard in Port Riverwalk to improve safety for Coon Creek Regional Trail users.
DISCUSSION
As part of the ongoing development of Port Riverwalk, staff has worked with its consulting engineer, Kimley-Horn, and Anoka County on concepts for a pedestrian bridge over Coon Rapids Boulevard near Avocet Street.  The bridge would provide an improved connection for users of the Coon Creek Regional Trail, which runs through Port Riverwalk.  Renderings of the proposed bridge are attached.  The pedestrian bridge has been previously discussed as part of the reconstruction of Coon Rapids Boulevard (Egret Blvd. to East River Rd. split), which is also on the June 4th agenda.  However, the bridge has been designed as a separate element of the Port Riverwalk development and can be constructed at a future date within the existing right-of-way for Coon Rapids Boulevard.  Coon Rapids Boulevard is considered an A Minor Arterial and the segment through Port Riverwalk carries 29,000 vehicles per day traveling at a relatively high speed; as such a pedestrian bridge would provide a much safer connection for pedestrians and bicyclists using the Coon Creek Regional Trail.

The preliminary cost estimate for the bridge is $4,500,000.  Last year, the City applied for federal funds through the Met Council’s regional solicitation process.  The City was seeking $3,600,000 in federal funding and would have been required to provide $900,000 in local funds for the project.  The project was not selected for funding in large part because it did score well on the regional solicitation criteria.
 
Recently, staff was contacted by State Representatives about submitting a capital bonding request to the State Legislature.  This process involves preparing a project summary and submitting it through Minnesota Management and Budget for potential inclusion in the 2020 capital bonding program.  The request would be evaluated along with all other state agency and local projects and then selected by the Governor’s office for consideration by the State Legislature during the next session.  Proposals for 2020 must be submitted by June 14, 2019 and include a resolution of support from the local governing body.
 
Under state law, capital bonding funds are limited to 50% of the project cost.  In this case, the state could contribute up to $2,250,000, with the City contributing the balance of funds.  One potential source of funds for the local match would be pooled TIF that could be used for public infrastructure like a pedestrian bridge.  The attached memo describes the 2020 capital bonding request process.  The resolution does make a pledge of local financial support for the project.  At this point, staff believes it would beneficial to submit a request and see if there is state support for the project.
RECOMMENDATION
Council is asked to adopt Resolution No. 19-60 which supports a capital bonding request to the Minnesota Legislature for a pedestrian bridge over Coon Rapids Boulevard in Port Riverwalk to improve safety for Coon Creek Regional Trail users.

Attachments
Ped Bridge Concept
MMB Memo
Resolution 19-60

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