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Posted on: February 23, 2018

Hanson Blvd. Railroad Overpass Project Starts in Spring

A project funded, in part, by action during last year's legislative session will get underway this spring.

On Thursday night, dozens of people turned out at the final open house for the Hanson Boulevard grade separation project.  In addition to an overpass at the Hanson Boulevard railroad tracks, frontage roads will be constructed on the south side of the bridge that will connect with neighboring side streets.  Also, a pedestrian tunnel for a park trail corridor will be built south of the crossing.

Some homes along Hanson Boulevard were demolished for the project but Anoka County has tried to minimize the impact to the area as much as possible.

"Since the last open house, we've had some minor revisions to the plans," says Joe MacPherson, Assistant Anoka County Engineer.  "We received a lot of good public comments at our previous open house and so we've tried to address those in this new revision, we've tried to eliminate as many property impacts as we can."

Preparation work for the project will begin this year along with the relocation of utilities.  Next year, the county hopes construction of the overpass can start in March or April and be finished by the start of the new school year.  Hanson Boulevard will be shutdown during construction of the overpass in 2019.

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