Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 47 and BNSF Railroad Crossing


About this project

MnDOT completed a study of safety issues at the Hwy 47/Ferry St./BNSF Railroad crossing in Anoka in 2016. The study recommended separating the highway and railroad crossing north of Hwy 10. A separation between Ferry St. and the BNSF Railway would improve safety for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and trains. It would also improve regional mobility and emergency responder time. Construction is tentatively planned for 2024.

Summary of work

In 2020, the State Legislature awarded bonding funds to make safety improvements at priority railway crossings, including this one. MnDOT can now move the project forward; the next steps will be:

  • Identify and confirm the project’s issues and limitations (Fall 2021).
  • Provide alternatives to address the issues and concerns (Spring 2022).
  • Present an approved layout and final report (Winter 2022).

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.


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