Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 23, 2019

Temporary traffic signal to be installed on Hwy 47 in St. Francis

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — As part of several short-term solutions to address safety, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is installing a temporary traffic signal at the intersection of Hwy 47 and Pederson Drive NW in the city of St. Francis. 

The new signal will use the familiar red-yellow-green lights to control Hwy 47 traffic when pedestrians are crossing, or when traffic is entering from Pederson Drive NW. The existing pedestrian warning flashing lights will be removed once the temporary signal is complete. The signal project also includes removing the no left turn restriction from the St. Francis Middle School driveway, and installing a northbound right turn lane. The signal is scheduled to be in place by May 29, weather permitting, and will remain in place until a permanent solution is constructed following the Highway 47 Planning Study.

Hwy 47 Planning Study

MnDOT, in partnership with Anoka County and the city of St. Francis, has begun a study of potential improvements on Hwy 47 between Cree Street NW and Anoka County Road 28 (Ambassador Boulevard NW) in St. Francis. The four-lane highway currently has safety and access issues and is in need of long-term improvements. The study will examine a range of alternatives to address the safety of people walking, biking, and driving; as well as the role this corridor plays in the future of the city of St. Francis.

For more information and to sign up for email updates, please visit the project website at mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy47stfrancis.

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