Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Dec. 28, 2016

MnDOT releases recommendations for new Hwy 47 (Ferry Street)/BNSF Railway crossing in Anoka

Feasibility report recommends building new bridge over railroad tracks

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Following 10 months of study, the Minnesota Department of Transportation today released a feasibility study outlining recommendations for a new Highway 47 (Ferry Street) BNSF Railroad crossing in the city of Anoka.

The study was the result of numerous meetings with local officials, businesses and the public to gather input and ideas to improve safety for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and trains.

The at-grade railroad crossing in Anoka, just north of Highway 10, averages about 18,300 vehicles each day with up to 80 train crossings a day for an average of one train every 24 minutes. In addition to public safety concerns, the crossing also contributes to delays and backups for motorists while trains are crossing, along with limited visibility and driveway entrances located too close to the crossing.

During the study, two alternatives were studied. These included building a bridge over the railroad or lowering the road beneath the railroad alignment. The study recommendation is to build a multi-span bridge over the railroad at the current location of the Highway 47 crossing.

The proposed bridge, currently unfunded, would include two travel lanes with a multi-use trail on the east side. It would be designed to allow for construction of an additional two lanes if Highway 47 is expanded in the future.

A full copy of the feasibility study is available on the project website at mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy47rr-anoka. The study is linked from the top of the homepage.

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