The City of Blaine, Anoka County, and MnDOT are improving Trunk Highway (TH) 65 from 97th Avenue NE to 119th Avenue NE in Blaine. TH65 is a vital link to the Twin Cities urban core for commuters, businesses, freight traffic, and visitors.
The project is currently in the final design and right of way acquisition phase. The team has selected a preferred alternative concept based on community input and is refining design details and evaluating environmental impacts. This design came from the final PEL Study for this corridor (see Section 2).
TH65 will be converted to a freeway type highway with grade-separated interchanges (at 99th Avenue, 105th Avenue, 109th Avenue, and 117th Avenue/Cloud Drive intersections). Existing local street/driveway connections to TH65 will be rerouted using frontage and backage roads. This project will improve safety and travel time, and reduce crashes along TH65.
Public feedback is an important part of this project. From October 2021 to June 2022, six public events, in-person and virtual, were held to gather feedback on the proposed design alternatives.
The following themes were heard most often from the community:
Based on the comments and concerns outlined by residents and overall design feasibility, Alternative 1A was selected. Additional comments and concerns raised will be considered as the design process continues to unfold.
After conducting an extensive planning and evaluation process that included collecting input from residents and local businesses related to possible alternatives, Alternative 1A was selected to move forward.
Alternative 1A is significantly more cost effective than other alternatives, improves safety and traffic congestion concerns and will have the least impact to private property owners in the area.
Watch the clip below to see how traffic flow will be improved under the new design.