New traffic signals for Coon Rapids Blvd. intersection

A new traffic signal will be installed by Anoka County at the intersection of Coon Rapids Boulevard and Springbrook Drive this year.

The Anoka County Board Feb. 25 approved a joint powers agreement with the city of Coon Rapids spelling out the scope and cost sharing for the project; the Coon Rapids City Council had previously approved the agreement.

In addition to the new signal, the project’s main purpose is to provide a protected left-turn lane for traffic turning left from Springbrook on to Coon Rapids Boulevard, as well as a right-turn lane on Springbrook, according to Doug Fischer, county highway engineer and division manager for transportation.

It will involve construction of a median on Springbrook at the intersection, Fischer said.

The existing protected left-turn lanes on Coon Rapids Boulevard turning on to Springbrook won’t be changed, he said.

Authorization to go out for bids on the project has been given by the county board’s Transportation Committee, Fischer said.

“The project is ready to go and we will be going out for bids shortly,” he said.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring and be completed this summer.

The county has received federal safety dollars to help pay for the project, according to Fischer.

“That’s because of the number of crashes at the intersection,” Fischer said.

The federal grant is for $468,000 with the cost of the project estimated at $600,000.

The balance of the project cost will be split between the county and the city, with Coon Rapids’ share at $55,000.

The city’s cost will be taken from its state aid street account, which derives its revenues from an annual allocation from the state gas tax.

Springbrook Drive is a city collector street, which was reconstructed from just east of the Coon Rapids Boulevard intersection to 85th Avenue Northwest two years ago.