Highway 10 to be repaved this summer

A 5.5-mile segment of Highway 10 in Anoka and Coon Rapids will be repaved this year.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is planning mill and overlay work from 200 feet east of the Highway 10 exit ramp to Hanson Boulevard to the end of the west crosswalk at the signalized intersection with Fairoak Drive in Anoka.

Work will take place on both sides of Highway 10.

Besides the mill and overlay, drainage work under the freeway will take place as well as Americans With Disabilities Act accessibility improvements and traffic management system upgrades over the entire 5.5-mile stretch, according to Jeff Brunner, MnDOT project engineer in the north area.

As well, there will be stripping and sealing, milling and patching work done on four bridge decks as part of the project, said Joey Lundquist, MnDOT project engineer in the north area.

Construction is expected to start in mid-July and continue into November, Brunner said.

One lane will remain open in both directions throughout the construction period, he said.

Most of the work will take place on evenings and weekends and that’s when the bulk of the lane closures will take place, Brunner said.

But there will be a three- to four-week period while the drainage work and bridge deck improvements are being done that there will be continuous lane closures during the weekdays, according to Lundquist.

“There will be three to four weeks of pain,” Lundquist said.

Total project cost is estimated at $8.5 million with the construction cost pegged at $7.1 million, Brunner said.

Originally, the Highway 10 project was not on the MnDOT schedule for mill and overlay until 2016 or 2017, Lundquist said.

But an infusion of federal dollars has enabled MnDOT  to move up the project timetable on what is a major east-west route with a high volume of traffic, she said.

“Materials folks” at MnDOT rate state highways for mill and overlay projects according to pavement condition, volume and other factors, Lundquist said.

The federal funding comes from the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama July 6, 2012, according to the MnDOT website.

This legislation authorized and funded Highway Trust Fund programs for 26 months, covering federal fiscal years 2012-2014.

It provided more than $105 billion in federal funding for highway, transit, safety and innovative financing programs during this period, maintaining overall funding at 2012 levels with a small inflationary increase, the MnDOT website states.


Peter Bodley is at [email protected]

  • Joe

    Why do we need FEDERAL dollars to help pay for a road that very few people from out of state use?

    • Brian

      Federal money is used because of the federal gas tax. Almost all Highway Projects receive Federal money.