The Ramsey Northstar Station will be breaking ground soon, following approval Jan. 26 of the construction contract by the Anoka County Regional Rail Authority.
Sheehy Construction provided the lowest bid out of eight companies. They submitted a bid of $6,583,300 to construct the station platform, the pedestrian bridge over the BNSF Railway tracks and the skyway connection to the municipal parking ramp.
Anoka County Commissioner Matt Look, chair of the Authority, is very pleased with the timing of the bidding process.
“Taxpayers are realizing a significant savings because we’re able to move ahead in the current marketplace,” Commissioner Look said. “Sheehy Construction came in nearly $600,000 under the estimated price.”
Christopher Leverett, from Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., the Authority’s consulting engineering firm, provided a letter of recommendation to the Authority noting Sheehy Construction’s successful completion of multiple transit related projects, including on the Hiawatha LRT corridor. They also have experience constructing skyways and are known for providing quality construction services, Leverett said.
Construction is expected to commence as soon as weather conditions allow. It is being paid for with a combination of funds from the City of Ramsey, Anoka County, the Counties Transit Improvement Board, and the Met Council. Completion is expected before the end of 2012.