The Minnesota Department of Transportation, Hennepin County and the City of Maple Grove have been working over the past 18 months to update the previous layout of Highway 610 from its current ending point in Maple Grove at County Road 81 to its final resting place at Interstate 94.
This work has involved looking at the remaining project as a whole and redesigning elements to make the project as cost efficient as possible so that the project increases its chances of being constructed in an environment where funds for highway expansion are scarce and competitive.
The City of Maple Grove, along with (Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and Hennepin County and the project consultant SRF Consulting Group, are hosting an open house to present the new preliminary layout design to the public and allow the public to comment on the proposed design. The open house will be Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the Maple Grove Government Center, 12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway.
The final design of Hwy. 610 incorporates new interchanges with Maple Grove Parkway and Interstate 94. The layout also shows a new proposed County Road extension from County Road 30 to the new I-94/Hwy. 610 interchange area. This new roadway will alleviate current and future congestion and demand at the existing Maple Grove Parkway at I-94 interchange.
One key component to the overall project is the replacement of the freeway crossing currently located at 101st Avenue over I-94. When Hwy. 610 is constructed, the City of Maple Grove will lose 101st Avenue from Fernbrook Lane to the west side of I-94.
The roadway, 99th Avenue, between Fernbrook Lane and Maple Grove Parkway has already been constructed to allow development to build around the ultimate transportation network, but a new freeway crossing will have to be constructed for the city’s local use. The new crossing will be located at 105th Avenue. A new roadway will be built from Maple Grove Parkway to the existing 105th Avenue and then a new bridge over the freeway will be constructed. Once on the west side of I-94, the roadway will begin to curve to the south to eventually intersect the new County Road where it will join the existing County Road 30.
The ultimate alignment of this new roadway will likely be very close to what is shown on the layout, however, development in the area may play a part in modifying the exact placement of the roadway along the way, specifically on the west side of I-94.
It is important to note that while the project partners have been working diligently on this new design, the project still has not been fully funded. There are some monies identified in MnDOT’s long-term financing plan, but it is well short of the total dollar amount needed to build the entire roadway to I-94. With that said, it is very likely that this project will continue to be built in stages. The project partners hope to start construction on the next stage of this project within the next two years or so, but until more specifics can be determined about actual funding available and timing, it is unclear what that next stage will be or how big it will be.
If someone cannot make the meeting but has questions, Maple Grove city staff encourages people to visit the City’s website — maplegrovemn.gov/ —and search for “610.” People may also call the City’s Engineering Department at 763-494-6350 or email the project engineer, Marc Culver, at [email protected]