Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 47 and BNSF Railroad Crossing

Anoka

About this project

Highway 47 in Anoka project location map

Hwy 47 in Anoka project location map.

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We’re working to improve the Hwy 47 (Ferry St.) at BNSF crossing in Anoka. In 2016, MnDOT completed a study of safety issues at this crossing. The study recommended separating the highway and railroad crossing by constructing a bridge over the train tracks. In 2020 the State Legislature awarded bonding funds to make safety improvements. Our goal is to identify a safer crossing of Hwy 47 and BNSF Railroad crossing; the entire area from Pleasant St. to Garfield St. W will be part of the study area as we: 

  • Redesign the crossing by constructing a bridge either over or under the train tracks.
  • Explore some of the surrounding intersections and conditions that need improvements.

What will improve?

The intersection of Hwy 47 at BNSF railroad crossing in Anoka has had many years of safety and delay issues. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Railroad Administration this crossing was deemed one of the highest needs for improvements due to:

  • Lots of vehicle and train traffic.
  • Trains traveling as fast as 75 mph.
  • Major property damages.
  • Serious injuries and fatalities.

Building a highway either over or under the railroad crossing would improve safety, traffic flow and trail space.

Highway 47/Ferry Street in Anoka project benefits include safety for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and trains, traffic flow for faster drive time and quicker for emergency services as well as trail space for multi-use, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Project benefits
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How can I give my input?
Before construction can begin, MnDOT wants to ensure we get it right.

Highway 47/Ferry Street in Anoka project schedule

Project schedule
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Summary of work

In 2020, the State Legislature awarded bonding funds to make safety improvements at priority railway crossings, including this one.

  • Project work is being determined

The public will have several opportunities to provide input, review alternatives, and stay informed throughout the project. Sign up for project email updates to receive information.

Traffic impacts

All traffic impacts are tentative and weather dependent. MnDOT has identified several key issues in the area including the location of the Rum River, nearby businesses and the school district building. MnDOT is also aware of the need to maintain rail service during project construction.

Upcoming

All upcoming traffic impacts will be posted as details become available. Motorists can expect detours for Hwy 47 traffic.