Hanson Boulevard (CSAH 78) Reconstruction Project - Northdale Blvd to Main Street

CSAH 78 (Hanson Boulevard) serves as a critical north-south arterial, connecting locations within Anoka County to U.S. Highway 10 and beyond. In 2016, Anoka County applied for Surface Transportation Block Group Program (STBGP) funds through the Regional Solicitation and received funding for the reconstruction and modernization of the section of CSAH 78 (Hanson Boulevard) between CSAH 11 (Northdale Boulevard) and CSAH 14 (Main Street) in the City of Coon Rapids. The improvements to this section of Hanson Boulevard are geared toward improving the safe and efficient movement for vehicles traveling from the expanding communities outside the 694/494 ring toward the Minneapolis Metro region.

This segment of Hanson Boulevard currently averages approximately 30,000 vehicles per day and provides a connection to US 10, the main principal arterial serving Coon Rapids. The upgrade of this piece of CSAH 78 from a four-lane undivided roadway to a four-lane divided section will improve safety and reduce crashes by access management strategies. The project will provide more efficient and safer access to the regional transportation network and transit routes along the corridor, enhancing the link between the local residents to jobs in the Twin Cities.

Hanson Boulevard is also a heavily traveled freight corridor for commercial vehicles seeking direct north-south routes into Anoka County via the regional transportation network. CSAH 78 serves as a reliever for freight traffic during congested periods along parallel routes of TH 47 and TH 65. 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 four-lane undivided urban roadway. Hanson Boulevard is a 45 M.P.H. A-Minor Arterial expander. The average annual daily traffic volume on CSAH 78 is approximately 30,000 vehicles per day, which is expected to jump to nearly 34,000 vehicles per day by 2040.


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

          * Develop Geometric Layout – Fall / Winter 2017 / 2018
          * Preliminary Design – Winter / Spring 2018
          * Open House - Fall 2017, Spring 2018
          * Final Design – Summer 2018
          * Construction – Spring 2020 - Winter 2020

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 (Coon Rapids)
          * Public Information Meetings (residents and property owners)

These activities will be scheduled throughout the project's development. View more information regarding the following various activities:

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 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

Anoka County will provide informational materials and maps at a Public Information Meeting that will be held Fall of 2017 as well as one that will be held in Spring of 2018. The County will inform the surrounding landowners of the upcoming meetings by mailing out individual meeting notices to property owners and residents within a half mile of the corridor. In addition, this website will also contain announcements of the meeting. The meeting will be an open house style format where County and City staff will interact with the public, answering questions and providing information as they look at various boards and maps of the proposed project. Comment cards will be provided to the public to use for written comments and can be completed either at the meeting or at home. Verbal and written comments gathered at the meeting will be reviewed by staff.

Open House Postcard – December 6, 2017 (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)


Current Layout (PDF)

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 Nicholas Dobda

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