One busy road reopens, another set to close Sept. 9

As one busy roadway in Anoka County reopens, another will close as the construction season continues to reroute traffic in and around Anoka.

Highway 47 will close for a week at the Ferry Street railroad crossing starting Sept. 9 for safety upgrades. File photo
Highway 47 will close for a week at the Ferry Street railroad crossing starting Sept. 9 for safety upgrades. File photo

Bunker Lake Boulevard reopened last Friday, with one lane of traffic moving in each direction between Seventh Avenue and Round Lake Boulevard.

The road had been closed since May as Anoka County works to widen this segment to four lanes.

The reduction of Highway 10 to a single lane between Seventh Avenue and Green Haven Road and West Main Street also ended Aug. 30. The ramps at Seventh Avenue have also reopened.

This particular project has been underway since July as the Minnesota Department of Transportation has worked to resurface Highway 10 from Hanson Boulevard in Coon Rapids to Fairoak Avenue in Anoka.

These road closures have put extra pressure on a number of roads in the area. In particular, East Main Street in downtown Anoka during rush hours has seen a big uptick in traffic during three weeks of Highway 10 lane closures.

According to Paul Jung, north metro area engineer with MnDOT, the remaining work on Highway 10 will not be disruptive the way the last three weeks have been when crews needed to make bridge deck and median drainage repairs.

The worst of the project in terms of delays for motorists will be over, Jung recently said in an e-mail.

The $7.3 million project is expected to fully wrap up by Oct. 19, although construction through that date will once again only need temporary and off-peak lane closures.

But starting Sept. 9, Highway 47 will be closed at the Ferry Street railroad crossing for seven days as safety improvements are made.

The closure was originally scheduled for the week of Aug. 19, but was delayed because of the number of other road and land closures nearby.

The closure is required to do median work at the railway crossing.

According to MnDOT, the safety project will include the addition of a southbound shoulder, or “escape lane”, resurfacing and the reconstruction of median islands.

The Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Railroad crossing at Ferry Street is one of the busiest in the state, according to MnDOT, and recently was included in a quiet zone established by the city of Anoka.

Detours will be posted on Highway 10, Sunfish Lake Boulevard and Bunker Lake Boulevard.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at [email protected]