For the final extension to 94, "Construction of Hwy 610 from Hennepin County Road 81 to I-94 is currently not programmed in the State Transportation Improvement Plan."
What is the scope of the entire project?
The purpose of State Highway 610 is to alleviate the current and future traffic demands in the northern Twin Cities Metro suburbs. Once completed, Highways 610 and 10 will connect Interstate 94 and Interstate 35W through the cities of Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids, Blaine and Moundsview. Highway 610 also will serve as a parallel route to I-94, providing an alternate route for vehicles crossing the Mississippi River. Existing Highway 610 currently ends on the west at Highway 169 in Brooklyn Park. This leaves about five miles to be completed through Maple Grove to reach I-94. Interchanges exist along the current freeway and additional ones are planned in Maple Grove to provide access to homes and local businesses.
What will be constructed next?
While some Federal and state funding has been dedicated to the corridor, not enough funding is yet available to complete Highway 610 itself. Due to this lack of money, the projects that will occur over the next few years will move roads and utilities out of the right of way so that freeway construction can begin at a future date with much less impact to residences, businesses and the traveling public.
The next project is anticipated to spend the remainder of the available funding to build overpasses and noise walls along the corridor so that Highway 610 construction will have less impact on the Maple Grove neighborhoods. This construction could start in early 2007.
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What is the timeline for completion of the State Highway 610 corridor?
Based on current funding constraints, mainline Highway 610 construction is currently planned for between 2015 and 2020. However, several advocacy groups in the northern Twin Cities Metro area are actively seeking funds to begin construction of mainline Highway 610 much earlier. Mn/DOT is working to develop road plans by the end of 2008 so if money is dedicated to the project, work could begin sooner.
Will there be any noise walls?
Noise walls will be built between the new Elm Creek Boulevard and Jefferson Highway on both sides of the Highway 610 corridor near residential neighborhoods. Most noise walls will be constructed to 20 feet high (above the freeway elevation). These walls will serve as a barrier to lessen noise levels from the projected Highway 610 traffic. The noise wall locations are shown on Figure C-2 within the Final Environmental Impact Statement, Appendix C (Noise Mitigation Plan).
What will they look like?
The walls will be constructed of concrete posts and timber planks. Sketches are shown in the TH 610 Aesthetic Design Guide.
What about other amenities like pedestrian and bicycle paths?
Highway 610 construction will accommodate existing and planned park, city and county trails. A commuter bike trail will be created on the north side of Hennepin County Highway 81. A Three Rivers Park District planned regional trail crossing will consist of a pedestrian bridge that will cross County Highway 81 and State Highway 610 in the vicinity of Elm Creek. Another pedestrian bridge is planned at Nathan Lane. Sidewalks also will be provided at all planned local road overpasses and interchanges.
Is there any special accommodation for transit?
A Park and Ride lot is planned at the future interchange of Zachary Lane with Highway 610.
How will local roads connect with Highway 610?
There will be interchanges along the corridor where drivers will have access to local business and residential areas. These interchanges are planned at Zachary Lane, County Highway 81 near Elm Creek Boulevard, the future Maple Grove Parkway near existing Ranchview Lane and at Interstate 94. Links to photos of the various sections can be found on the State Highway 610 home web page.
Will Highway 610 continue beyond Interstate 94?
Highway 610 will end at Interstate 94; however, Hennepin County plans to extend the road to connect with County Highway 30, west of Lawndale Lane.
Who was involved in the roadâ€™s planning and design?
Anoka County, Hennepin County, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park and Coon Rapids were invaluable part