Maple Grove requests road variance related to Hwy. 610 expansion

The Maple Grove City Council considered requesting an variance from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) along 105th Avenue between Holly Lane and Ranchview Lane during its Monday, March 17 meeting. This roadway will be redeveloped as a high-volume street as part of the Highway 610 extension project, from Elm Creek Boulevard to Interstate 94.

In a related matter, City Engineer/Public Works Director Ken Ashfeld mentioned to the council that work was continuing on the Highway 610 contracts. “We’re getting out for proposals by the end of month and going over the cost allocations for the various pieces of the project,” he said.


Hwy. 610 variance request

The council also adopted a request for a variance from MnDOT State Aid Operation Standards for Shoulders, Clear Zone and Pavement Design along 105th Avenue between Holly Lane and Ranchview Lane.

The Hwy. 610 extension from Elm Creek Boulevard west to I-94 layout will result in the loss of the 101st Avenue corridor. To make up for this loss, MnDOT will be constructing a connection from 101st Avenue, west of I-94 to 105th Avenue together with a grade-separated crossing at I-94.

MnDOT would provide bituminous surface for 105th Avenue from Holly Lane easterly to just west of Ranchview Lane. Proposed road improvements to 105th would include an temporary surface until the road is urbanized. Prior to constructing an urban design additional right-of-way from numerous properties would be necessary as well as the installation of small private utilities and city sewer and water.

Because federal monies will be used on the Hwy. 610 extension project and the proposed MnDOT improvements to 105th Avenue do not comply with Municipal State Aid Design Standards, a variance to the State Aid rules was requested.



In other action, the council:

SET a special City Council meeting for Monday, April 7, at 6 p.m. Topics of discussion include: development projects, an assessing matter and continue talks about filling the Police Chief position.

APPOINTED Randall DeJong to the position of Appraiser at an annual salary of $62,320, effective April 2, subject to a 12-month probationary period.