BY COUNCILOR JOHNSON:
RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are authorized to enter into an agreement substantially in the form of that on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document No. ____________ with National Guard Bureau on behalf of the Minnesota Air National Guard for the reconditioning of Airport Road from Haines Road to Rice Lake Road, including the construction of intersection improvements at the newly-constructed access road to MnANG base at Duluth International Airport and authorizing receipt of payments of up to $154,030 to be deposited in Permanent Improvement Fund 411, Project PI0621TR.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The purpose of this resolution is to authorize an agreement with National Guard Bureau pursuant to which the guard can participate in the reconditioning of Airport Road from Haines Road to Rice Lake Road.
This portion of Airport Road is a two lane road which serves as a major connection from downtown and the eastern part of the city. Much of the soils underlying the road was originally wetlands and consequently, the road is in need of being reconditioned.
Recently, the air guard constructed a new access road to their base from a point along this section of Airport Road; the previous access which was an extension of Haines Road has been closed. Because of the heavy use of the access road during early morning and afternoon times as well as on drill days, there are conflicts between the use of Airport Road by air guard personnel and other users of the road.
As part of the reconditioning of the existing road, the guard has agreed to pay for the construction of turn lanes to provide access and vehicle stacking for access to and from the base. It is anticipated that the guard will contribute approximately $151,330 to the construction of the project which will have a total cost of about $550,000. In addition, they will reimburse the city for approximately $2,700 as their share of testing procedures related to the construction.