The Road to Funding

Anoka County is seeking federal funding through the Metropolitan Council for its Multimodal Transportation System.

Anoka County and its partners have identified several improvement projects that are eligible to compete for funding through this program.

Transportation projects are large investments. Securing federal funds will expand our ability to complete these needed projects.

Tell us how these projects fit into your vision for our community. We seek your input and value your opinions on these important transportation improvement investments.

Explore the map on the next page to learn how these projects can benefit you! You'll also find information about the funding process, next steps, and how to provide your input and stay connected.

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Anoka County, Minnesota

2022 Solicitation for Transportation Funding

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Funding Category

Blue pin Roadway Expansion
Teal pin Roadway Reconstruction / Modernization
Brown pin Roadway Spot Mobility & Safety
Orange pin Multi-use Trails & Bicycle Facilities
How do projects get funded?

How do Projects Get Funded?

What is Regional Solicitation?

The Metropolitan Council developed the Regional Solicitation process to enable local communities, like Anoka County, to apply for federal transportation funds to support their transportation projects. This process is one way that the Metropolitan Council prioritizes and invests in roads, bridges, transit, and biking and walking needs. The Regional Solicitation happens once every two years and awards about $180 million in federal funds.

How does it work?

Anoka County must submit an application to the Metropolitan Council for each project it wishes to receive funding for. Not every project will receive funding.

Each project must be consistent with the goals and policies outlined in the 2040 Transportation Policy Plan. This plan defines a policy framework of transportation system stewardship, safety and security, access to destinations, competitive economy, healthy and equitable communities, and investments that guide land use.

Projects are evaluated by a set of criteria specific to the eleven funding categories. Among the criteria, proposals must address the project’s role in the regional transportation system and regional economy, age and condition of the infrastructure, safety, connections, equity, and affordable housing.

Visit the Metropolitan Council’s website to learn more about the application and selection process.

Funding Categories

Each project must be submitted within one of these funding categories:

  • Checked Roadway Strategic Capacity (Roadway Expansion)
  • Checked Roadway Reconstruction / Modernization
  • Checked Roadway Spot Mobility and Safety
  • Not checked Traffic Management Technologies (Roadway System Management)
  • Not checked Bridge Rehabilitation / Replacement
  • Checked Multi-use Trails & Bicycle Facilities
  • Not checked Pedestrian Facilities
  • Not checked Safe Routes to Schools
  • Not checked Transit Expansion
  • Not checked Travel Demand Management (2020 and 2021 funds)
  • Not checked Transit Modernization
Checked Anoka County is submitting projects within these categories.
View the map to learn more about each project.

So not every project gets funded?

Unfortunately, not every project submitted during the Regional Solicitation process gets selected. Anoka County is developing robust applications for each of the nine projects we’ve identified.

Even if some of our projects aren’t selected to receive funding now, we will continue to work towards making those projects a reality in the future.

Traditional Anoka County project funding sources include:

County State Aid Highway (CSAH) Funds:

  • Gas Tax
  • Motor Vehicle Sales Tax
  • Auto Parts Tax
  • License Tabs

County Transportation Tax Distribution

County Levy

When is funding awarded?

The Metropolitan Council will select final projects in late 2022. There are a few steps in between - take a look at the schedule below.

  • February 2022

    2022 Regional Solicitation opened

  • Spring 2022

    Gather public input on projects

  • April 14, 2022

    Applications are due

  • Late 2022

    Projects are selected

Northdale Blvd NW From Hanson Blvd NW to Foley Blvd NW

Roadway Reconstruction
  • 2 miles
  • Roadway Reconstruction
  • Approximate Construction Cost $7M

The Northdale Boulevard NW Reconstruction/Modernization Project includes reconstructing approximately two miles of Northdale Blvd NW (CSAH 11) between Hanson Blvd (CSAH 78) and Foley Blvd in Coon Rapids, MN.

Issues to be Addressed

  • Traffic congestion
  • High crash rates
  • Inadequate bicycle / pedestrian options

Proposed Improvements

If this project receives funding, the potential improvements may include:

  • Reconstruct into a two-lane divided roadway with 8-foot paved shoulders
  • Addition of turn-lanes at major intersections
  • New sidewalk along the north side of Northdale Blvd NW
  • New multiuse trail along the south side of Northdale Blvd NW

Project Benefits

  • Improved travel mobility
  • Improved travel safety for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists
  • Intersection upgrades (ramps, timers, crossing buttons)
  • Improved walking & bicycling options
  • Safer Coon Creek Regional Trail crossing
What are your thoughts?

Looking for more information?

View a Preliminary Project Layout of the proposed improvements.

109th Avenue NE
From Radisson Road NE to Lexington Avenue NE

Roadway Expansion
  • 2.3 miles
  • Roadway Expansion
  • Approximate Construction Cost $10M

This project includes expanding 2.3 miles of 109th Avenue NE (CSAH 12) from two to four travel lanes (two in each direction) between Radisson Road NE (CSAH 52) and Lexington Avenue NE (CSAH 17) in Blaine.

Issues to be Addressed

  • Traffic congestion
  • High crash rates
  • Inadequate bicycle / pedestrian options

Proposed Improvements

If this project receives funding, the potential improvements may include:

  • Reconstruct into a four-lane divided roadway with 8-foot paved shoulders
  • Addition of turn-lanes at major intersections
  • New sidewalk along the north side of 109th Avenue NE
  • New multiuse trail along the south side of 109th Avenue NE

Project Benefits

  • Improved travel mobility
  • Improved travel safety for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists
  • Improved connectivity between residential, commercial, and recreational areas along 109th Avenue NE
  • Improved walking & bicycling options
  • Safer Coon Creek Regional Trail crossing
What are your thoughts?

Looking for more information?

View a Preliminary Project Layout of the proposed improvements.

Highway 65 Interchanges to serve 105th and 109th Avenues
Blaine

Roadway Expansion
  • 2 total miles
  • Roadway Expansion
  • Approximate Construction Cost $72M

This project includes adding interchanges, service (frontage/backage) roads, overpasses, and safer walking and bicycling options along State Highway 65 between 105th and 109th avenues in Blaine. The purpose of the project is to improve traffic flow and travel times along and across Highway 65, as well as reduce delays and crash frequencies along the corridor. The State Highway 65 Improvements Project will create a safer environment with more convenient access to destinations along and across the highway for pedestrians and bicyclists. Creating these conditions will better connect residents and businesses on both sides of the corridor, resulting in a more cohesive community.

Issues to be Addressed

  • Traffic congestion & delays
  • Poor access across Highway 65
  • Vehicle, pedestrian, and bicyclist safety
  • High crash rates
  • Inadequate bicycle / pedestrian options

Proposed Improvements

If this project receives funding, the potential improvements may include:

  • New interchanges to serve travel movements at 105th and 109th avenues
  • New service (frontage/backage) roads
  • Access modifications and improvements
  • New sidewalks/trails on 105th and 109th avenues to connect the east/west sides of Highway 65

Project Benefits

  • Improved travel mobility on Highway 65 & intersecting roadways
  • Improved travel safety for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists
  • Improved connectivity along and across Highway 65
  • Improved walking & bicycling options
What are your thoughts?

Looking for more information?

Visit the Project Website

Lexington Avenue
From Bunker Lake Boulevard to Constance Boulevard E

Roadway Reconstruction
  • 3 miles
  • Roadway Reconstruction
  • Approximate Construction Cost TBD

This project includes reconstructing approximately three miles of Lexington Avenue (CSAH 17) between Bunker Lake Boulevard (CSAH 116) and Constance Boulevard NE (County Road 60) in Ham Lake.

Issues to be Addressed

  • Narrow shoulders
  • High crash rates & crash severity
  • Vehicle, pedestrian, and bicyclist safety
  • Inadequate bicycle / pedestrian options

Proposed Improvements

If this project receives funding, the potential improvements may include:

  • Reconstruct into a two-lane divided highway with 8-foot paved shoulders
  • New turn lanes
  • Improved pedestrian/bicycling facilities (to be determined)

Project Benefits

  • Improved travel mobility
  • Improved travel safety for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists
  • Improved conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists
What are your thoughts?

Looking for more information?

View a Preliminary Project Layout of the proposed improvements.

State Highway 610 Interchange at East River Road
Coon Rapids

Roadway Expansion
  • 0.5 miles
  • Roadway Expansion
  • Approximate Construction Cost $12M

This project includes reconstructing the partial interchange at Highway 610/East River Road (CSAH 1) to be a full-access interchange. The project is located between the Mississippi River and Coon Rapids Boulevard in Coon Rapids, MN.

Issues to be Addressed

  • Poor accessibility
  • Mobility and travel safety
  • Connectivity

Proposed Improvements

If this project receives funding, the potential improvements may include:

  • New eastbound on-ramp and westbound off-ramp to create a full access interchange at Highway 610/East River Road
  • New auxiliary lanes onto Highway 610 between East River Road and Coon Rapids Boulevard

Project Benefits

  • Improved area access
  • Improved connectivity
  • Improved transit access
What are your thoughts?

Looking for more information?

View a Preliminary Project Layout of the proposed improvements.

Hodgson Road and County Road J Shoreview

Roadway Spot Mobility & Safety
  • 0.2 miles
  • Roadway Spot Mobility & Safety
  • Approximate Construction Cost TBD

This project includes the construction of a roundabout at the intersection at Hodgson Road (CSAH 49) and Ash Street (County Road J/CSAH 32) in the cities of Shoreview and Lino Lakes.

Issues to be Addressed

  • Traffic congestion & delays
  • Poor mobility
  • Inadequate pedestrian / bicycling options
  • Poor drainage

Proposed Improvements

If this project receives funding, the potential improvements may include:

  • New roundabout at the intersection of Hodgson Road and Ash Street
  • Paved shoulders on Hodgson Road and Ash Street leading into the roundabout
  • New multiuse trail from Woodridge Lane to Hodgson Road and north on Hodgson Road in Lino Lakes
  • New connection to the existing trail along the south side of County Road J/Ash Street between Grotto Street N and St. Albans Street N

Project Benefits

  • Improved safety
  • Improved mobility
  • Improved connectivity
  • Improved conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists
What are your thoughts?

Looking for more information?

View a Preliminary Project Layout of the proposed improvements.

Mississippi River Regional Trail Connection
Along 44th Ave from Main St to East River Rd

Multi-use Trails & Bicycle Facilities
  • 0.6 miles
  • Multi-use Trails & Bicycle Facilities
  • Approximate Construction Cost $2M

This project includes constructing a 0.6-mile off-road, multiuse trail along 44th Avenue (CSAH 2) from Main Street to East River Road (CSAH 1) in Fridley.

Issues to be Addressed

  • Inadequate pedestrian / bicycling options
  • Inadequate pedestrian and bicycle access between Main Street and East River Road
  • Multiuse trail gaps between the area east of Main Street and the Mississippi River Regional Trail

Proposed Improvements

If this project receives funding, the potential improvements may include:

  • New designated multiuse trail along 44th Avenue
  • Reconfigure the barrier and travel lanes on the 44th Avenue bridge to accommodate a multiuse trail for pedestrians and bicyclists

Project Benefits

  • Improved conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Improved access for pedestrians and bicyclists on either side of the 44th Avenue Bridge
  • Improved access to the Mississippi River Regional Trail
  • Improved connectivity
What are your thoughts?

Looking for more information?

View a Preliminary Project Layout of the proposed improvements.

Lake George Boulevard NW
From 181st Avenue to Viking Boulevard

Roadway Reconstruction
  • 1.5 miles
  • Roadway Reconstruction
  • Approximate Construction Cost TBD

This project includes reconstructing Lake George Boulevard NW (CSAH 9) between County Road 58/181st Avenue and Viking Boulevard (CSAH 22), as well as the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Lake George Boulevard and 181st Avenue in Oak Grove.

Issues to be Addressed

  • Traffic congestion
  • High crash rates
  • Narrow or inadequate shoulders
  • Road flooding during heavy rain events

Proposed Improvements

If this project receives funding, the potential improvements may include:

  • Reconstruct into a two-lane roadway with 8-foot paved shoulders and turn-lane improvements
  • New roundabout at the intersection of Lake George Boulevard NW/181st Avenue
  • Drainage improvements

Project Benefits

  • Improved travel safety
  • Improved travel mobility
  • Improved pedestrian and bicyclist accommodations
  • Improved drainage/less standing water
What are your thoughts?

Looking for more information?

View a Preliminary Project Layout of the proposed improvements.

Ash Street and Centerville Road Intersection Lino Lakes

Roadway Spot Mobility & Safety
  • 0.2 miles
  • Roadway Spot Mobility & Safety
  • Approximate Construction Cost TBD

This project includes the construction of a roundabout at the intersection at Ash Street (CSAH 32) and Centerville Road (CSAH 21) in Lino Lakes. This improvement is part of a larger project to improve the interchange at I-35E/County Road J, which is being led by Ramsey County.

Issues to be Addressed

  • Traffic congestion
  • High crash rates
  • Inadequate pedestrian / bicycling options
  • Poor drainage

Proposed Improvements

If this project receives funding, the potential improvements may include:

  • New roundabout at the intersection of Ash Street/Centerville Road
  • Pave the shoulders on Ash Street and Centerville Road leading into the roundabout

Project Benefits

  • Improved travel safety
  • Improved travel mobility
  • Improved pedestrian and bicyclist accommodations
  • Improved drainage
What are your thoughts?

Looking for more information?

View a Preliminary Project Layout of the proposed improvements.