Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Highway 65 safety and mobility corridor study

Ham Lake, Blaine, Spring Lake Park

About this project

hwy 65 project
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MnDOT, in partnership with Anoka County and the cities of Ham Lake, Blaine and Spring Lake Park, began a far-reaching study of the Hwy 65 Corridor in August 2018. The study will examine a range of cost-effective roadway alternatives to address capacity, access, mobility and safety issues between Bunker Lake Blvd. (Anoka County Rd. 116) in Ham Lake and County Rd. 10/Mounds View Blvd. in Spring Lake Park.

A focus on planning and environmental analysis will speed the start of any future projects in the study area. This study includes elements of the environmental process that will lead seamlessly into future projects which will shorten project development.

Results from previous studies along Hwy 65 are out of date due to the increased business development and increases in population along the corridor. And previously developed solutions are too costly to develop with current funding levels.

The study is expected to be completed by February, 2020.

No specific construction projects are currently identified or funded within the study limits.

Help us plan the future of Hwy 65 between Ham Lake and Spring Lake Park

Do you have an interest is helping MnDOT identify solutions to address congestion, access, mobility and safety on Hwy 65? If so, MnDOT is looking for volunteers. Please carefully review the two types of volunteer opportunities outlined below. Note that space is limited and diverse backgrounds, ideas and perspectives are preferred.

Ethnography Interviews
  • Goal: Interviewers will help define community dynamics for the study. We want to get real users’ perspectives so that we focus on the right problems, develop appropriate solutions, and hear the community voice.
  • Needs: Five people who either commute, bike, walk, live or use transit along the Hwy 65 corridor between Ham Lake and Spring Lake Park.
  • Commitment: MnDOT will coordinate 60 minute phone calls with each interview participant. Calls will be audio recorded  to help with note taking and will not be made public.
Public Advisory Committee (PAC)
  • Goals: The PAC will serve as advisors to the project team. Duties will include reviewing materials and confirming approach, along with assessing messages, and purpose and need statements. Members also will help identify issues in the community and act as ambassadors to share information about the project and encourage participation.
  • Needs: A diverse group of up to 15 community representatives interested in developing solutions to improve congestion, access, mobility and safety along Hwy 65.
  • Commitment: Quarterly in-person meetings (early 2019 – mid-2020) typically between 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at Blaine City Hall

If you’re interested and available for either the ethnography interviews or Public Advisory Committee, please contact Tess Nejedlo at Tess.Nejedlo@hdrinc.com for more information.