During the early morning hours of April 18, 2014 In the 5000 block of Hughes Ave NE a residential burglary was reported. Click Here 416.64 KBfor full Crime Alert.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises that the 2013 repair project on Interstate 694 will continue this spring. Work was not able to be completed in fall of 2013 as expected. Work is expected to resume as early as April 21, 2014, and is expected to be completed in early June. Note that there will be lane reductions during this time period, and two specific weekend closures are expected, one for eastbound I-694 at I-94 for mill and overlay work, the other for westbound I-694 between Highway 10 and Silver Lake Road for concrete work.
See the following page for further information: www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/694west/
The Minnesota Department of Transportation plans to perform repairs on Interstate 694 this summer. The I-694 North Central West project is tentatively scheduled between June and October of 2013. Repairs to I-694 will be made between Highway 100 in Brooklyn Center to I-35W in Arden Hills, and include the entire length of I-694 in Fridley.
Public Meeting 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on March 6, 2013 at the Fridley Community Center.
Minnesota Department of Transportation will be proceeding with their Highway 65 Resurfacing and Safety Improvement Project in 2014. The main goal of the project is pavement rehabilitation from 53rd Ave. NE in Fridley to County Highway 10 in Spring Lake Park. Along with the pavement rehabilitation, MnDOT will be addressing pedestrian accessibility. The project will also make pedestrian and bus stop safety improvements, drainage improvements, and guardrail replacements and upgrades.
MnDOT has scheduled two open houses to offer an opportunity for community members to learn about the project:
• What improvements will be made to Highway 65 and why
• What to expect during construction
• Alternate routes one can use to reach destinations during construction
• Ways MnDOT and business owners can work together to help minimize business impacts during construction
At the open houses, MnDOT staff will be on hand to listen to and address community questions and concerns, and to offer information.
The first open house is targeted to business owners and others who represent commercial properties, houses of worship, medical and educational facilities, and any other properties along Highway 65 that draw employees, visitors, and deliveries. It will be held April 30, 2014, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Fridley Community Center, Room 109, 6085 7th Street NE, Fridley.
The second open house is targeted to the general public—anyone who uses Highway 65. The second open house will be held May 21, 2014, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Fridley Community Center, Room 109, 6085 7th Street NE, Fridley
The southernmost one mile of the project will be resurfaced by a bituminous mill and overlay. An alternate bid will take place for the resurfacing of the northern three miles of the project—meaning MnDOT will consider bids for that section of the project to be built with either concrete or bituminous pavement.
MnDOT will add bus stop pads for transit service and sidewalk connections between the bus stop pads and the nearby signalized crossings. (Bus stop pads are a concrete area immediately outside the shoulder where people can stand while waiting for buses.) MnDOT is also considering the feasibility of a pedestrian route along Highway 65, under I-694, from 53rd Ave. NE to Old Central, as well as pedestrian connections from Fridley Terrace and Park Plaza to bus stops. Lighting upgrades would be associated with the pedestrian connection under I-694 to enhance the safety of those using this pedestrian facility. Existing traffic signals will be upgraded to improve pedestrian accessibility.
Work is tentatively scheduled to begin in June 2014. The traveling public can expect lane closures and segment closures during the 2014 construction season. MnDOT is planning to detour traffic during segment closures to alternate state highway routes.
The current project costs are projected to be $9.3 million. The project will be funded by federal and state funds.
Because of safety concerns, MnDOT has closed the Highway 65 median crossings at Center Circle/Fireside Drive and at 68th Ave. NE as of April 2013. These median closures are separate from the 2014 Resurfacing and Safety Improvement Project.
See the MnDOT project page for more information and to subscribe to project updates: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy65springlake/
Residential Burlgary-6600 Block Central Ave NE on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Click Here416.64 KB for Crime Alert.
Residential Burglary in the Oak Grove Neighborhood on Saturday, March 22nd between 2:15pm to 8:15pm. Click Here 405.77 KB to read the full crime alert.
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When the Village of Fridley purchased its first fire engine in 1951 it was considered a high tech, modern, fire saving device that carried ladders, hoses and a pump that released water at 500 gallons per minute. It is no secret that fire engines are the work horse of the fire service and since 1951 fire engines have evolved into a complicated and highly specialized firefighting tool. Today buying a fire engine requires a considerable amount of staff time, careful planning and the support of the entire community. The City of Fridley recently underwent the long process of replacing a fire engine that now calls Station 3 its home.
Fridley prefers to replace its engines on a 20 year cycle. All of the trucks are maintained and kept in excellent condition, however, technology is always improving and provisions for safety are constantly being updated. The engine that is being replaced is over 20 years old. Its manufacturer is no longer in business making the repair processes on the engine difficult and expensive. The City actually benefits by having reliable, new equipment and incurs less cost over a period of time.
We began our process to replace the engine about six years ago with the Five Year Capital Equipment Fund Plan. Through discussions with the City Council this on fund was developed and approved to budget $600,000 which could be used in the year 2013 to purchase an engine to replace the 1991 engine housed at Station 3. This estimated cost included not only the engine but also the equipment to outfit the engine such as hose, ladders, small tools and a complete set of hydraulic extrication tools. The cost benefit of replacing the equipment at the same time as purchasing an engine is that the equipment will not be taxed. The cost estimate was based on purchases made by other fire departments in the metro area and also cost trends in the industry.
After acquiring the money to purchase an engine the process of choosing a vendor begins. Traditionally fire department staff would create a draft of specifications and bring those specifications to vendors for bids. This process, however, takes up time and money. Instead we utilized the benefits of HGACBuy. HGACBuy is an association of local governments in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning region of Texas. The cities of Coon Rapids and Golden Valley had used HGACBuy with satisfying results. The City of Fridley benefits not only financially by purchasing through the HGACBuy consortium but also from avoiding the process of writing specifications and advertising for bids to a contract to construct an engine. Using this association also gives the department the freedom to select a product and manufacturer that they trust instead of selecting the lowest bidder.
Beginning in November 2012 the fire department staff began the process of identifying the key requirements for the engine that is now housed at Station 3. Station 3 is located at 110 77th Avenue and is staffed by firefighters only when they are called from their homes on a call. The firefighters were allowed to input their ideas on what they would like in an engine. The size of the engine and its pump volume was determined by the size of the industrial area that Station 3 serves. The engine needed to be able to respond to a variety of fires varying in size and complexity. It was decided that the new engine would not have an aerial device like the old truck. This allows more compartment space while allowing the engine to remain small in size. This extra storage space allows for more modern equipment that previously was not carried. Other features include a remotely operated “deck gun”, essentially a high volume nozzle, reflective chevrons on the back of the vehicle, there are lower hose compartments and video cameras that activate during turns and when the engine is backing up. There is also additional space for 5 inch hose and the ability to inject foam into the hose lines. All of these changes in design and technology provide for increased firefighter safety. Unlike Fridley Village Engine #1 this new engine has the capacity to pump 1,500 gallons per minute. While reviewing other metro purchases, Plymouth’s Engine 31 fell very close to the specifications we were looking for. Plymouth’s engine was manufactured by Rosenbauer America and is a HGACBuyer contractor.
Rosenbauer America is a Wyoming, MN based company that the Fridley Fire Department is very familiar with having previously acquired two engines built by them. Rosenbauer provided the specifications for the Plymouth engine which Fridley used as a model to create their own unique engine. It took us two months to complete the specifications which stretch over 100 pages. The detailed lists gave all the required specifications equipment lists to create our new engine.
On March 14, 2013 the City entered into a contract with HGACBuy and Rosenbauer America to purchase the engine at a cost of $484,370. After almost five months of planning and meetings the engine was finally ready for production. Fridley Engine 3 was completed on December 26, 2013 after six years of planning and preparation. On January 7th, 2014 the firefighting staff conducted a final inspection and took home Engine 3 for the first time. The engine is over 32 feet long, 8 feet wide and 10 feet tall. It weighs in at 29,000 pounds empty. It carries 2,150 feet of hose of varying size, 500 gallons of water and 30 gallons of foam concentrate. The engine can also illuminate an emergency scene using over 160,000 lumens of light and can provide up to 6 kilowatts of power with its hydraulically powered generator. It can be crewed by up to six firefighters and offers a climate controlled cab interior. Engine 3 has all of the equipment needed to combat a structure fire, respond to a medical emergency or to deal any number of emergency calls.
Fridley Engine 3 continues to carry on the same mission as Fridley Village Engine 1 did more than half a century ago. The careful planning and consideration given to construction of Engine 3 will provide the City of Fridley with a reliable, cost effective engine that will no doubt keep the community safe for the next 2o years.
The new Active Transportation Plan will, when implemented, provide safe non-auto transportation opportunities for all residents, as we travel around the community—going to work, to school, to shop or to use city services. Adoption of the Active Transportation Plan provides guidance for the location and construction of new trails and walks and improvement of bus stop locations. Once incorporated into the City's Zoning Code, any property that redevelops along designated routes will be required to install trail or sidewalks along that particular street to coordinate with a future, more extensive network of trails. An Active Transportation Map was also developed which outlines best non-auto travel routes and pinpoints the locations of grocery stores, medical facilities, schools and key destinations.
Over time, the Active Transportation plan provides the direction that will help our City:
Click here to download Fridley's Active Transportation Plan map. (PDF, 2MB)
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If you have questions about any of the projects discussed here, please contact the Fridley Public Works Department.
Follow along on the web as the Fridley Foundations remodeling project progresses. Weekly updates and photos will be provided. You can subscribe to this page via RSS by clicking the 'Subscribe to this page' link at the bottom.
For more information about the project, see the main Fridley Foundations project page.
Questions? Contact Paul Bolin, Assistant Executive Director to the HRA, at 763-572-3591.
By now you’ve likely heard about the increased risk of flooding along rivers and streams in Minnesota this spring.
The most recently updated projections for the Fridley area are that we have a 20% chance of seeing river levels as high as in 1997 and there is a 3% chance that the river will reach historic flood levels. See information on this page and the National Weather Service website for details on the latest spring flood forecast.
Indications are that properties along Rice Creek and near the Mississippi River are at the greatest risk for flooding, although melting patterns and spring precipitation could impact other low lying areas as well.
This page will serve as a collection point for flood-related information and will be updated regularly throughout the flooding season. You can subscribe to this page via RSS at the bottom to be notified of updates.