ST. PAUL, Minn – Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) is pleased the TH 169 / 101st Avenue North construction project has received $10 million in funding through the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED’s) Transportation Economic Development (TED) program.
The TED competitive grant programs are designed to help meet the state’s transportation and economic development needs by creating and preserving well-paying jobs and leveraging private and local investment in transportation infrastructure.
“The $10 million TED grant is a critical step forward for our community to make this $31 million project become a reality. Completing this interchange is imperative to our community. It will not only improve the safety of the interchange, but will help our community provide the infrastructure necessary to keep good paying jobs in Brooklyn Park and the surrounding area,” Sen. Hoffman said. “Within the next year, Target, NorthPark, Gateway and Astra Village all expect to expand. We need this important road and interchange improvement to keep up with important economic growth.”
The planning for this interchange started back in 2007. This interchange was identified as needing a vital upgrade to meet the anticipated development in the northwest portion of Brooklyn Park and the adjacent areas of neighboring communities. The design also accommodates future plans for Bottineau LRT.
Senator Hoffman has been a strong supporter of making sure TED grants are available for economic development and transportation projects. He was chief author of legislation that would provide bonding for the TH 169 and 101st Avenue project. Senator Hoffman voted for the Omnibus Transportation bill in 2013, which included $20 million in funding for this important program. Hoffman also voted for legislation in 2014 that prevented the elimination of this essential economic development grant program.
“This grant will keep the project moving forward to reconstruct 101st Avenue to a four-lane roadway, add auxiliary lanes along TH 169 between 610 and 101st Avenue and construct a new full access, folded diamond interchange at TH 169 and 101ST Avenue intersection,” Sen. Hoffman said. “I’ve always been a strong advocate of transportation funding to make our roads and interchanges safer, reduce congestion and keep up with business growth.”