ST. PAUL, MINN. – A missing 2.5 mile link connecting I-94 with Highway 169 will now be closed thanks to a grant worth up to $131 million from the Corridors of Commerce. The area where Highway 610 ends between Maple Grove and Brooklyn Park was in need of congestion relief, and after construction will accommodate up to 50,000 vehicles a day.
The newly created Corridors of Commerce program authorized $300 million in trunk highway fund bonds for work on the state’s trunk highways. Completing this section of highway was picked out of dozens of proposed highway projects to receive the millions in funding. Regional leaders anticipate the completion of Highway 610 will spur economic development. Construction is set to begin next year.
“This 2.5 mile missing link was a significant challenge in our region and caused excessive congestion. Completing this section Highway 610 may very well cause a boon to the Brooklyn Park, Champlin and Maple Grove communities and the northwest suburban region. I look forward to future commercial and industrial expansion in this area. I’d like to thank the Corridors of Commerce for seeing the merit in completing the I-610 project,” Senator John Hoffman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) said. Hoffman added, “This is another example of people, organizations and government working together toward mutual benefit for our communities.”
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) divided the projects into five categories including metro capacity, interregional corridor capacity and statewide freight bottlenecks. The Highway 610 completion project fell into the metro capacity development category.
The grants will be administered by the Commissioner of Transportation. Project selection was done in consultation with the MnDOT’s central office, the governor, and with local district offices. Funds for the projects will begin to be available July 1, 2014.