Four local projects included in state bonding bill

Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bonding bill that includes four local projects, with three being in Anoka County.

The state bonding bill includes $3.2 million for the National Sports Center in Blaine so it can add up to 22 new athletic fields on an 80-acre property for soccer, lacrosse and rugby. File photo by Jason Olson

The state bonding bill includes $3.2 million for the National Sports Center in Blaine so it can add up to 22 new athletic fields on an 80-acre property for soccer, lacrosse and rugby. File photo by Jason Olson

Anoka County has been working with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the city of Ramsey to plan for the construction of a new Highway 10 interchange at Armstrong Boulevard.

Although there was no dollar figure attached, the bonding bill does include this interchange. Anoka County Engineer Doug Fischer said the reported amount MnDOT will give the project is $8 million.

Fisher said the county still seeks a federal TIGER grant and final commitment from the Counties Transportation Improvement Board, so he would not say how much funding is needed still, but did say, “We’re really close. This was a great boost and solidifies that we’re moving ahead.”

The state legislature approved giving the Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley $5 million for an expansion project.

The National Sports Center in Blaine will get $3.2 million to add up to 22 new athletic fields for soccer, lacrosse and rugby on 80 acres between 105th and 109th avenues and east of existing soccer fields.

In addition, the National Sports Center’s request for $475,000 for building upgrades was approved. This includes new lights in the 20-year-old Sports Hall and new lights in the parking lot by the Schwan’s Super Rink as well as new exterior lighting for the rink building and its sign.

Not every request from Anoka County as included in the state legislature’s bonding bill package being sent to the governor.

The city of Anoka requested $5 million for upgrades to the Rum River Dam to make it a redundant barrier to Asian carp and other invasive species.

The Anoka Technical College sought $1.5 million in state funding to design, renovate and equip space to meet workforce training needs in automotive and manufacturing technologies.

In Hennepin County, Champlin is set to get $2.75 million to build, design and construct a new Champlin Mill Pond Dam to replace the current dam.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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