Three county road projects receive federal funding

Three county road projects in St. Francis, Andover and Coon Rapids received federal funding.

A $10,248,000 improvement project for Bunker Lake Boulevard received $7 million in federal funding. The project, which is planned for 2015-2016, will widen the road, add trails and improve the at-grade railroad crossing. Source: Anoka County Highway Department

A $10,248,000 improvement project for Bunker Lake Boulevard received $7 million in federal funding. The project, which is planned for 2015-2016, will widen the road, add trails and improve the at-grade railroad crossing. Source: Anoka County Highway Department

“We are excited” that these project received funding, said Kate Garwood, county multimodal transportation director.

A 2.3 mile stretch of Bunker Lake Boulevard in Andover and Ham Lake is the largest proposed road project to receive funding.

The $10,248,000 million project would widen the two lane road to four lanes east of Crane Street west to Jefferson Street, add a pedestrian/bicycle path, reconstruct signaled intersections and improve the at-grade railroad crossing.

The project received $7 million in federal funding, leaving $3,248,000 for the local match, said Garwood.

“It’s kind of exciting. This is a major project,” she said.

The primary focus of the three projects submitted for the federal grants was to improve the safety on the roads, Garwood said.

There have been 21 crashes on the Bunker Lake Boulevard stretch of road during 2007-2009 and this project would eliminate approximately 86 percent of those crash types, she said.

The project scored first in its funding category, Garwood said.

Construction is proposed for the 2015-2016 construction season.

Another project to score first in its funding category was the Foley Boulevard project in Coon Rapids.

The road improvement project from Egret Boulevard north through the Northdale Boulevard intersection would create a four lane divided road along a .9 mile stretch with trails, sidewalks, drainage ponds, signal lights and dedicated turn lanes.

The $3,735,000 project received $2,988,000 in federal funds. The local match will be $747,000.

From 2007-2009, there have been over 30 accidents in that .9 mile segment and this improvement will correct approximately 93 percent of those crash types, Garwood said.

“That is a dramatic change,” she said.

Construction is anticipated in the 2015-2016 construction season.

Bridge Street (also know as County Highway 24) in St. Francis will also get a makeover in the 2015-2016 construction season thanks to the federal funding.

The $1.65 million project will improve the road from Kerry Street to Poppy Street.

Using the $1,320,000 in federal funding and $330,000 local match, the county plans on widening shoulders along the half-mile stretch, improving intersection control, building a multi-use trail, adding a concrete medium, installing two roundabouts and limiting access to Bridge Street.

“From January 2007 to December 2009, there were 14 crashes on Highway 24,” Garwood said.

The road improvements planned for Bridge Street could correct 64 percent of those crash types, she said.

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com


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