New segment of Hwy 610 opens in Maple Grove
Final stretch of highway connects I-35W, I-94 through northern Twin Cities suburbs
(Roseville, Minn.) – Thirty years after the start of construction on a new highway across the northern Twin Cities Metro suburbs, the final segment of the long-awaited Highway 610 Corridor officially opened to traffic at 2:35 p.m. this afternoon.
Shortly after the final barricades and barrels were lifted from the west end of the freeway, eastbound traffic began flowing on the new three-mile stretch of pavement. The westbound lanes of the freeway followed and were opened at 3 p.m. At the same time, the interchanges at Maple Grove Parkway and County Road 81 also were opened.
The final three miles of roadway fills in the gap between Elm Creek Boulevard and Interstate 94 in Maple Grove, allowing you to travel through the northern Twin Cities suburbs unimpeded between I-35W in Mounds View and I-94 in Maple Grove.
Highway 610 runs approximately 11 miles between the junction of Highways 10 and 47 on the border of Blaine and Coon Rapids and I-94 in Maple Grove.
Highway 610 has been built in segments over the past 30 years as outlined below:
- In 1986, the first segment, between Hwy 252 and the junctions of Hwy 47 and Hwy 10, were completed
- In 1999, a second segment extended to Hwy 10 and to Hwy 169
- In 2002, the third segment was the addition of the second Mississippi River bridge, which gave each direction of the road a four-lane bridge
- In 2008, the Elm Creek Blvd/Co Rd 81 interchange was completed with the realignment of Co Rd 81 and the roundabout entrance to Hennepin County's Three Rivers Park
- In 2011, the fourth segment of Hwy 610, from Hwy 169 to Elm Creek Blvd was completed
- In 2014, crews began work on the fifth, and final segment, extending Hwy 610 from Elm Creek Blvd to I-94
The $80 million expansion of Highway 610 in Maple Grove is one of the Corridors of Commerce initiatives to reduce travel times and improve safety. It will also help businesses transport their products more efficiently to meet the needs of our state’s growing economy. The new highway corridor also will help continue economic growth and create jobs within the northwest Twin Cities suburbs.
Although the road is now open additional cleanup, landscaping and barricade work remains to be completed next spring.
If you’d like more information on the Highway 610 project, please visit mndot.gov/metro/projects/610west/index. Information on the Corridors of Commerce program, including a comprehensive list of projects being funded through this project statewide, is available at mndot.gov/corridorsofcommerce.