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The Highway 65 corridor has 10 of the 31 high priority intersections identified in the 2017 Met Council and MnDOT Principal Arterial Intersection Conversion Study. This study along with the recently completed TH 65 Planning and Environmental Linkages Study (TH65 PEL) make it clear that the congestion and safety issues on Highway 65 need to be addressed in the very near future.
With the completion of TH65 PEL the project is ready to move on to the next stage. The City of Blaine, in partnership with the Anoka County Highway Department, is receiving proposals to complete the environmental review process which will determine the selected alternative layout. Additional outreach will be a component of that process over the next six to nine months. Once completed, the consultant will create a preliminary design of all the intersection improvements from 99th Avenue to 117th Avenue. The City intersection at 99th Avenue and the County intersection at 109th Avenue along with a west side frontage road will be brought to a final design stage.
The City of Blaine has secured over $13 Million in grant funding toward these projects and is working with state and federal legislators on additional grants to fund the entire construction. Frontage road improvement work may begin as early as the fall of 2022 and work on the intersection of 99th Avenue may begin in 2024.
For more information about the Highway 65 project, visit BlaineMN.gov/TH65.