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A big honor this week for the Coon Rapids fire chief who led the charge to secure funding for an overpass at the Hanson Boulevard railroad tracks.On Wednesday, John Piper received the transportation advocate award from the Minnesota Transportation Alliance at its annual meeting in St. Cloud. The award recognizes Piper for his strong commitment and outstanding efforts to improve the state's transportation system. The fire chief worked tirelessly to secure the necessary funding to construct an overpass at the railroad tracks on Hanson Boulevard to reduce delays for emergency responders along with motorists and pedestrians. Construction on the new overpass will start next year.