Open house for Armstrong/Highway 10 interchange project

Ramsey residents and businesses are invited to an open house for the proposed Armstrong Boulevard/Highway 10 interchange project.

While the Jan. 9 open house will not include a formal presentation, it will give citizens a chance to see the proposed project, talk to officials from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Anoka County and the city of Ramsey.

The open house will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Ramsey Municipal Center, 7550 Sunwood Drive N.W.

This is the final open house for the planning stage of the project, said Ramsey City Administrator Kurt Ulrich.

According to a MnDOT press release, the proposed project includes “a new grade separated interchange along with a grade separation at the Burlington-Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad crossing along with widening Armstrong Boulevard from two lanes to four lanes from Riverdale Drive north to Bunker Lake Boulevard (County Road 116).”

“The improvements would provide additional safety, increase current and future multi-modal accessibility and improve motorist, bicycle and pedestrian mobility.”

Although the city has been warned it will be a tight funding year, Ramsey will be making a concentrated effort to get an allocation from the state this year for the project, Ulrich said.

MnDOT is supporting the proposed interchange as a high priority project, he said.

For anyone wanting to see the environmental assessment documents, which states the purpose and need of the project along with the anticipated social, economic and environmental impacts, can find them on the project website, http://www.ci.ramsey.mn.us/US10-project-home.

The documents also are available for public viewing during business hours at the following locations:

• MnDOT Metro District Office, 1500 West County Road B2, Roseville;

• Anoka County Highway Department, 1440 Bunker Lake Blvd., Andover;

• Rum River Library, 4201 6th Ave., Anoka; and

• Ramsey Municipal Center, 7550 Sunwood Drive N.W., Ramsey,

Written comments can be mailed, prior to the close of the public comment period on Jan. 23 to Mark Lindeberg, project manager, Minnesota Department of Transportation, 1500 West County Road B-2, Roseville, MN 55113.

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

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