2017 State Bonding Bill
In May of 2017, the State legislature passed, and the Governor signed, the 2017 State Bonding Bill. The Bill contained over $19 million in state funding for two regionally significant Red Wing community improvement projects. $14.762 million of the funding is dedicated towards the construction of an overpass over the Canadian Pacific Railway’s main line at Sturgeon Lake Road. The balance of the funding, $4.4 million, provides full funding for Phase II of the River Town Renaissance project.
Phase II Projects
The Phase II projects include the Levee Park dockage with park and promenade improvements and the completion of the Vogel Harbor bulkhead wall replacement. Phase II also includes part of the bonding funding that was dedicated to the 2018 renewal and renovation project of the Sheldon Theatre.
Boat Dockage Concerns
Adequate boat dockage and general improvements to the levee wall area and the promenade at Levee Park have been a concern for over 15 years. Improvements are also needed for traffic and pedestrian circulation. This is especially true when large riverboats dock at Levee Park July through October during the riverboat season. After completion, two large riverboats will be able to dock at the Levee at the same time with ease.
Planning & Design
With the project final funding being appropriated in the 2017 State Bonding Bill, the Project Management Team and Kimley-Horn, our consulting engineers, completed the limited scope professional services contract that was initiated in 2017. The scope was to develop and seek public and regulatory input into alternative designs. In the fall of 2017, we began to engage multiple stakeholder groups, held an open house, and then performed an agency (federal and state regulatory approval process, permitting, etc.) review of the most popular three alternative project designs
In addition to the project budget, a driving factor in the design development was the regulatory requirement to not intrude within the navigation channel with any structure or dockage. The conceptual design elements were the outcome of the 2017 and 2018 public engagement meetings and the 2017 and 2018 preliminary regulatory review permitting processes. The entire frontage of waterfront would be available for riverboat dockage, allowing two large riverboats to dock with ease at the same time. A 12-foot Riverfront Promenade with a 13-foot amenity zone is proposed. The amenity zone would have pre-determined zones where trucks that service the riverboats could drive upon the Promenade.
Ikata Drive will remain, with possible curbing on the edges. Additional sheet pile is proposed to allow for a “notch” with the temporary relocation of the existing floating dock, outside the navigation channel. A new full-sized floating dock (25 feet X 175 feet) for the notch will be programmed as a future, separate project. Enhancement of the circulation of vehicles and pedestrians, as well as security to the riverfront when large boats are docked, is still within the plan. Also, the project will coordinate and complete the repair for three large stormwater sewer tunnels that outfall into the River with this project.
Please click on the preliminary plan design and the cross-section PDF files for a visual representation of the planned project. The city anticipates having permit approval and the final design completed for a December or January 2019 winter construction start.
The budget for the Levee Park project is $7.135 million.
Funding sources include $1.853 million in MnDOT PDAP grant funding and $3.375 million in 2017 State Bonding, matched with $575,000 in City general funds for improvements at Levee Park and Vogel Harbor, totaling $5.803 million.
The stormwater tunnel rehab project (2019 Capital Improvement Plan) is estimated at $1.332 million. Funding will be provided from the stormwater utility fund.
Contact the Project Manager – Ron Seymour at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-385-5193.