Anoka County received a Local Road Improvement Program grant to fund a portion of the realignment and reconstruction of West Freeway Drive, north of CSAH 23 (Lake Drive), which is a City roadway under the jurisdiction of City of Columbus. In addition, the City of Columbus has received funding thru the State Park Road Account to fund road improvements for the access into the DNR’s Lamprey Pass Wildlife Management Area (LPWMA). Recent County and MnDOT geometric improvements on Lake Drive and TH 97 have changed the existing West Freeway Drive access to a right-in/right-out only.
This project will involve relocating West Freeway Drive across currently owned City of Columbus property. to the north leg of the CSAH 23 (Lake Drive) / CSAH 54 (West Freeway Drive) roundabout. The roadway is approximately 4,100 feet in length and terminates at a parking area at the LPWMA. Improvements will include reconstruction of West Freeway Drive to an urban roadway section (concrete curb and gutter and bituminous pavement surface) from Lake Drive to the entrance of the LPWMA property. The LPWMA access north of the property line would be improved to a rural roadway section for approximately 1,800 feet to a bituminous paved surface with gravel shoulders.
Provide full access to the LPWMA thru the existing roundabout at Lake Drive (CSAH 23) and West Freeway Drive (CSAH 54)
Eliminate flooding of the roadway during rain events by raising the roadbed above the adjacent topography
Provide improved road access to accommodate future freeway corridor development of adjacent city and private properties