Hanson Blvd (CSAH 78) Reconstruction Project - Jay St/139th Ave to CSAH 18 (Crosstown Blvd)

Serving as a primary route for commuters to access U.S. 10 towards Minneapolis / St. Paul, Hanson Boulevard (CSAH 78) plays an increasingly important transportation role within Anoka County as well as the northern fringe of the metropolitan area. Realizing its increasing importance, coupled with the need to improve the roadway itself, Anoka County obtained funding to expand the segment of Hanson Boulevard between 139th Avenue and CSAH 18 (Crosstown Boulevard) to a four lane divided roadway. 

Currently, Hanson Boulevard averages approximately 17,700 vehicles per day. Hanson Boulevard is also a heavily traveled school bus route, with multiple schools adjacent or near this corridor. As Anoka County, the City of Andover, and cities to the north continue to grow, Hanson Boulevard will see increased use, particularly as the parallel routes of CSAH 9 (Round Lake Boulevard) and TH 65 become increasingly congested. Therefore, it is imperative that this roadway is improved to accommodate existing and future transportation needs. 

Project Background / Description
CSAH 78 (Hanson Boulevard) is a north/south two-lane undivided rural roadway. Hanson Boulevard is a 55 M.P.H. A-Minor Arterial expander. The average annual daily traffic volume on CSAH 78 is approximately 17,700, and that is expected to jump to nearly 30,000 vehicles per day by 2030. CSAH 78 south of the project is currently four lanes. These four lanes condense to two lanes creating a choke point for vehicles traveling northbound. Additionally, there are no dedicated left turn lanes for 140th Lane, 147th Avenue, or 148th Lane. This creates a safety and congestion issue that will be addressed with this project. 

 Schedule

 Below is an overview of the project schedule identifying key milestones in the process:

 * Develop Geometric Layout - Summer 2016
 * Preliminary Design - Fall 2016
 * Open House - Winter 2016, Winter 2018
 * Final Design - Spring 2018

 * Construction - Winter 2019 - Fall 2020

Environmental Assessment
An Environmental Assessment (EA) document has been developed that outlines the purpose of the project and the anticipated social, economic, and environmental impacts of the proposed action.

Through the analysis, coordination with affected agencies, public involvement, and comments received, Anoka County has determined that the proposed project improvements as described in the EA/EAW and the Findings of Fact and Conclusions (FOF&C) and Environmental Assessment Update (EA Update) that the project does not have the potential for significant environmental impact. On October 9, 2018, MnDOT approved the FOF&C/EA Update. On December 7, 2018, FHWA issued a Finding of No Significant Impact, thus concluding that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not required. These decisions and determinations are supported by the full administrative record of the project, including the FOF&C and EA Update.   Links to the environmental documents are provided below under Documents.  

Public Involvement/Meetings 
Various stakeholders, ranging from permitting agencies (i.e., Mn/DNR, MnDOT, Watershed Districts, etc.) to residents and property owners living or working along or near the roadway have an interest in the development of the roadway project. The County recognizes that these interests vary in perspective. The County will use information provided by various stakeholders when making decisions on final improvements. There are a number of activities that will occur throughout the design process that will allow for input from the various stakeholders. Agency and public involvement activities will include:

* Technical Advisory Committee Meetings (technical staff from the County and City)
* Agency Coordination Meetings (technical staff from local, regional, state and federal agencies)
* Presentations at City Council Meetings (Andover)
* Public Information Meetings (residents and property owners)

These activities will be scheduled throughout the project's development. More information regarding the various activities is included below.

Technical Advisory Committee Meetings
 Anoka County assembled a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to provide input and feedback on the proposed project. Members of the TAC include staff from Anoka County and the City of Andover, and the various consultants that gather information essential to the design. The TAC meets monthly to discuss various aspects of this project. The TAC members exchange technical and political information on the project between the governmental stakeholders. The TAC members report information to their various councils and/or boards and provide directives for action during the project's development.

Agency Coordination Meetings
 Throughout the project development process, various agencies will have concerns regarding resources that may be impacted due to the project. Staff from Anoka County and the City will meet with the individual agencies throughout the project development to gain an understanding of their concerns and work through possible mitigation strategies or design improvements necessary to reach a consensus.

Presentations at Council Meetings
 Anoka County Staff will present project information at city council meetings and/or workshops to educate and solicit input from elected officials about the proposed project.

Public Information Meetings
From the beginning of the project through its conclusion, the Anoka County Highway Department will provide informational materials and maps at a Public Information Meetings.  In addition, this website will also contain announcements of upcoming meetings.  Two Public Information Meetings have been held (Feb 2017 and March 2018), and a public hearing on the project is anticipated for the summer of 2018.

Open House Postcard - February 2017 (PDF)
Open House Postcard - March 2018 (PDF)

Public Hearing (August 15, 2018)
A public hearing for the proposed project was held on August 15, 2018 at the Bunker Hills Activity Center (550 Bunker Lake Blvd. NW, Andover, MN ) from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  The meeting was an open house format with a brief presentation beginning at 5:00 p.m. followed by time for public testimony regarding the EA/EAW.  The meeting provided the opportunity for people to learn about the proposed project, make comments and ask questions. Staff from Anoka County were available to answer questions.

Public Hearing Postcard Invite - August 15, 2018 (PDF)

Maps/Layouts
Current Layout (PDF) 

Documents
De Minimus Preliminary Determination Request for Coon Creek Park (May, 2018)
Environmental Assessment (EA) for the CSAH 78 Transportation Improvement Project (July 2018)
Environmental Assessment Update (November, 2018)
FONSI (December, 2018)


Project Contacts
If you have any questions about the proposed project or would like to comment on any aspect of the project, please contact either of the representatives below:

Nicholas Dobda, Senior Engineer
763-324-3118; Email

Jason Orcutt, Design Engineering Supervisor
763-324-3115; Email