Anoka County backs $38.9M road project

Minnesota– The Anoka County Board has approved the city of Anoka’s request for $38.9 million from the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) Corridors of Commerce program. The program would fund the Highway 10/169 project, which would eliminate traffic signals at the intersections of Fairoak and Thurston avenues by constructing an underpass at Fairoak and an interchange at Thurston.

According to figures provided to the county board, the project was estimated at $85.9 million in 2021. Anoka has already received three grants and $20 million in federal money from the 2017 MnDOT highway freight program. In addition, the county has committed $4 million, the city $2 million and MnDOT another $800,000. Last year, the city applied for federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery and Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grants, both for $10 million, with word expected this spring on whether one or both have been approved. The project would also involve existing service road work to improve access from Thurston to Anoka Technical College. The city has hired a design firm for the project which is targeted for construction in 2021.