Anoka County understands that no business can be successful without infrastructure to support it, especially quality roads and bridges to move products and people. Anoka County recently embarked on an ambitious program to upgrade several key county roadways.
In Blaine and Coon Rapids, University Ave. from 109th Ave. to Main St. is being reconstructed from a two-lane to a four-lane divided roadway with new sidewalks, bridges, trails, and traffic signals.
In Ramsey, the new interchange on U.S. Hwy. 10 at Armstrong Blvd. is now open. It’s the first leg in planned safety and capacity improvements to U.S. Hwy. 10 that will achieve 90 percent of the safety and operational benefits of a freeway at 50 percent of the cost.
In eastern Anoka County, the I-35 interchange at Hwy. 97 in Columbus is in dire need of replacement. Anoka County, in partnership with the City of Columbus, Washington County, City of Forest Lake, and MnDOT, is working to secure funding for a new interchange and four-lane bridge to address significant safety and capacity issues.
Anoka County is also partnering with the City of Coon Rapids to address another significant safety issue, the railroad crossing at Hanson Blvd. City and county officials are working to secure $25 million to build an overpass to separate road and train traffic and ensure safe and timely passage for motorists and emergency responders.
“Providing quality roads and bridges is crucial to the success of our business community.” Matt Look, Vice Chair, Anoka County Board. From Anoka County News, Vol 1-2016.