Seventh Avenue (CSAH 7) Reconstruction - TH 10 to Bunker Lake Blvd (CSAH 116)
Project Background / Description
Starting in the year 2022, US 10 in the cities of Anoka and Ramsey will be receiving significant upgrades that will require the adjacent roadway network to absorb an influx of traffic that will be detoured around the construction. CSAH 7, as well as other county roads within the region, is among the routes that will need to bear the brunt of this additional traffic. The CSAH 7 corridor is currently a four-lane undivided roadway that lacks turn lanes. In addition to this, the existing infrastructure is old and in need of replacement. The current ADT for this section of CSAH 7 is over 16,000. The high traffic volumes and lack of turn lanes on the corridor contribute to traffic backups that will only be exacerbated during the US 10 work. Anoka County has worked with the City of Anoka to develop a preliminary layout.
CSAH 7, from just north of Buchanan Street to approximately 900’ north of 38th Avenue, is proposed to be reconstructed. The preliminary layout proposes a variety of changes to CSAH 7, including one segment that includes a raised concrete median and one section containing a continuous two way left turn lane. The project also includes several dedicated left turn lanes, as well as a complete reconstruction of the drainage infrastructure. Pedestrian accommodations throughout the project will likely need to be reconstructed. The project will impact many intersections along the corridor; improvements to these intersections may include replacing, removing or relocating signals and investigating roundabout alternatives.
Below is an overview of the project schedule, identifying key milestones in the process:
- Develop Geometric Layout – Spring / Summer of 2019
- Open House – Fall / Winter 2019
- Preliminary Design – Winter / Spring 2019 - 2020
- Final Design – Summer / Fall 2020
- Construction – Spring 2021 - Fall 2021
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 several 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 (Anoka)
- Public Information Meetings (residents and property owners)
These activities will be scheduled throughout the project's development.
Technical Advisory Committee Meetings
Anoka County has 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 Anoka, 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, and 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.
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 benefits of the proposed safety improvement project.
Public Information Meetings
Anoka County will provide informational materials and maps at Open House(s) that will be held during the Winter of 2019/2020. The County will inform the surrounding landowners of any 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(s). Meeting(s) will be an open house style format where County and City staff 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(s) or at home. Verbal and written comments gathered at the meeting(s) will be reviewed by staff.
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
Jeff Foster, Design Technician
Daniel Frey, Design Engineer