Highway 610 Celebrated During Ribbon Cutting; Project Scheduled to be Completed in November
Oct 20, 2016 03:42PM
● By Wendy Erlien
The Highway 610 ribbon cutting was attended Oct. 20 by several dignitaries. (photo by Wendy Erlien)
Local, regional, and state officials, along with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, hosted a grand opening ceremony for the Highway 610 project Oct. 20.
The roadway, once completed, will align and extend Highway 610 from its currently location at County Road 81 and Elm Creek Boulevard to I-94 in Maple Grove, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Construction continues on several areas of the roadway through November.
The ceremony, according to MnDOT, was to
“celebrate transportation investment, continued economic growth, and job
creation with this project funded through the Corridors of Commerce program
created by the Minnesota Legislature in 2013.”
Among those in attendance at the ceremony was Maple Grove Mark Steffenson, Maple Grove City Council members Karen Jaeger, Phil Leith, and Judy Hanson, Minnesota Lt. Governor Tina Smith, Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle, Congressman Erik Paulsen, Senator Warren Limmer, and Representative Dennis Smith.
Mayor Steffenson opened the ceremony, talking about the history of the Highway 610 project, recognizing the efforts of many to make the project possible, including former Brooklyn Park Mayor Steve Lampi. Steffenson said the project will “greatly help” the communities of both Maple Grove and Brooklyn Park – including bringing thousands of jobs to the northwest metro.
“The Highway 610 project will reduce congestion and create new economic opportunity in the northwest metro area,” Lt. Governor Smith said.
Additional highlights of the project, once completed, include:
- A Highway 610 bridge over Fernbrook Lane North.
- An interchange at Highway 610 and Maple Grove Parkway.
- New tunnels will bring traffic over the railroad tracks on the new Highway 610 alignment.
- Extending 105th Avenue West from Holly Lane.
Through the end of November, along the south side of County Road 81, construction crews will continue work on the BNSF Railroad tunnels.
The project was funded by a $75.3 million grant through Minnesota’s Corridor of Commerce program. The remaining $5.4 million in funding came from the federal government and city of Maple Grove.
“I thank the many Mayors, County Commissioners, and Civic
Leaders, who for more than three decades put tremendous efforts into completing
the Highway 610 project,” Governor Mark Dayton said in a release. “Thanks to
them, Minnesotans will enjoy faster and safer travel, better job access, and
greater opportunities throughout the region.”