MnDOT Hwy 65 Study

Corridor Study

MnDOT, in partnership with Anoka County and the cities of Blaine, Ham Lake, and Spring Lake Park, began a far reaching study in July 2018 of the Hwy 65 corridor. The study will examine a range of cost effective roadway alternatives to address capacity, access, mobility, and safety issues between Bunker Lake Boulevard in Ham Lake and County Road 10 in Spring Lake Park.

A focus on planning and environmental analysis will speed the start of any future projects in the study area. This study includes elements of the environmental process that will lead seamlessly into future projects which will shorten project development.

Results from previous studies along Highway 65 are out of date due to the increased business development and increases in population along the corridor. Previously developed solutions are too expensive to construct with current funding levels.

No specific construction projects are currently identified or funded within the study limits.

MnDOT and project consultant HDR are holding monthly meeting with corridor stakeholders. Through these meetings and the corridor study one or two roadway alternatives will be brought forward for funding consideration. The study is scheduled to be completed by late 2020.

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Current Study Status

The project team looked at dozens of potential solutions for Highway 65 and used community input to help identify the options that best address the primary problems of the area – vehicle safety and vehicle congestion. The team has identified three potential corridor options that will move forward into the final study report. But first, the project team wants to hear from those who travel the corridor. The feedback received will be included in the study findings and will help influence future funding decisions for this vital infrastructure improvement in Blaine.

Current Project Engagement Opportunities

Virtual Open House: Participate in a virtual open house to give feedback on the three alternatives that will be included in the final report of the study.

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Past Project Engagement Opportunities

September 19, 2019
Table at Centerview Elementary Curriculum Night

September 14, 2019
Booth at Blaine World Fest

September 13, 2019
Pop up event at Mary Ann Young Senior Center

September 13, 2019
Pop up event at Blaine Caribou Coffee

June 30, 2019
Blaine Festival Information Booth

April 30, 2019
Public Advisory Committee Meeting

March 18, 2019
Public Open House at National Sports Center

March 18, 2019
Business Owners Workshop at National Sports Center

Other Projects