Elwyn Tinklenberg April 8 gave the Ramsey City Council an upbeat progress report on efforts to bring more state funding to the proposed Highway 10 interchange project at Armstrong Boulevard.
With funding on the line for the Riverdale Drive service road extension and the Armstrong Boulevard interchange, the Ramsey City Council March 25 signed off on a written agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to phase in access closings on Highway 10 at Alpaca and Traprock streets.
The city of Ramsey is considering a pedestrian skyway that would cross Highway 10 near the Northstar commuter rail station.
Not all the funding for the estimated $35 million interchange at Highway 10 and Armstrong Boulevard has been secured, but those who have been actively lobbying for funding from the state and federal government are confident that groundbreaking will happen this fall.
The state’s long-range vision for Highway 10 is a freeway uninterrupted by traffic signals. With costs rising to $300 million to add an extra lane in each direction and replace signals with overpasses, traffic engineers have come up with a series of solutions that could improve this corridor sooner rather than later.