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Recently the Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee visited Blaine to hear a presentation on the need for improvements on Highway 65. This committee is responsible for crafting the House bonding bill in the Minnesota State Legislature. Mayor Sanders, members of the City Council, the Blaine legislative delegation, and city staff were on hand to present the obvious need for infrastructure improvements on Highway 65 through Blaine.
The City has submitted a funding request for $18 million towards construction at the 99th Avenue intersection. Anoka County will be submitting a request for the 109th Avenue intersection. The City also has a future request for $25 million in construction funding for the 117th Avenue intersection. Federal grants and funding is also being sought to bring the project to fruition.
Aside from these funding requests the City has previously secured enough funding to complete the corridor design and environment review process. Construction could begin as soon as 2022 on a new west side frontage road system with intersection construction beginning in 2024.
This project still has a long way to go to be fully funded but the momentum at both the local and state level to invest in the future of Highway 65 has never been higher.