Open house to discuss plan for Highway 10 repaving

An open house on the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s plan to resurface a 5.5-mile segment of Highway 10 in Anoka and Coon Rapids this year has been scheduled.

The open house will take place Wednesday, June 19, 5 to 7 p.m., in the cafeteria at Coon Rapids High School, 2340 Northdale Blvd.

Those attending the open house will be able to learn details about the project and ask questions of MnDOT project staff, while project layouts and other information will be on display.

MnDOT is proposing 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 beginning in late July and continuing through late September.

Besides the mill and overlay, there will be curb and gutter replacement and drainage improvements, as well as Americans With Disabilities Act accessibility updates and traffic management system upgrades.

In addition, rehabilitation work will take place on four bridge decks, which will result in a short period of single-lane traffic between Fairoak and Seventh Avenue for three weeks in August, according to information provided by MnDOT.

Otherwise, motorists can expect non rush hour lane and shoulder closures, including weekends.

The estimated cost of the project is $7.3 million.

Originally, the Highway 10 project was not on MnDOT’s schedule for mill and overlay until 2016 or 2017, according to Joey Lundquist, MnDOT north area project engineer in a February interview.

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, Lundquist said.

The source of the federal funding is 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.