01-0485R

RESOLUTION REQUESTING A VARIANCE FROM THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF BRIDGE NO. L8502 AT AMITY CREEK AND SEVEN BRIDGES ROAD.

BY COUNCILOR ECKENBERG:

        WHEREAS, it is deemed necessary for the public conveyance and safety that Minnesota Bridge Number L8502 at Amity Creek and Seven Bridges Road (City Job No. 9090ML99) be reconstructed; and

        WHEREAS, this project will not be eligible for municipal state aid funds unless it is constructed to urban state aid standards for an urban street, 30 to 40 mph design speed, or unless a variance is granted; and

        WHEREAS, practical limitations require that the horizontal and vertical alignment through the project segment be constructed utilizing a shorter horizontal curve radius and a narrower lane width than dictated by standards resulting in a 24 mph design speed in lieu of a 30 mph which requires a variance from the commissioner of transportation in accordance with Minnesota Rules Chapter 8820.3300.

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the city of Duluth requests the commissioner of transportation for a variance from Chapter 8820, whereby the urban state aid standards be reduced for this project allowing for a ten foot lane width in lieu of the required 11 foot width and allowing for a 170 foot radius horizontal curve in lieu of the required 300 feet.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  The curve radius of the roadway and bridge lane width at the Amity Creek bridge on the Seven Bridges Road is less than normally allowed for state funded projects and thus requires a state variance. In order to proceed with a variance request under Minnesota Rules 8820.3300, a formal request in writing in the form of a city council resolution must be submitted to the commissioner before it will be considered or reviewed. The city will then forward the resolution along with the other documentation cited in the rules for consideration by an advisory committee on variances appointed by the commissioner of transportation. The bridge in question cannot be rebuilt without the variance.