Mpls. Residents Try to Put the Brakes on Proposed Highway Project

Updated: 02/04/2014 5:56 AM
Created: 02/03/2014 5:30 PM
By: Ellen Galles

A battle is brewing between a group of Minneapolis residents and state and county highway developers.

Residents of the Healy Block Historic District are trying to put the brakes on an expansion project that would widen 35W near Lake Street. The plan could mean that the highway could creep as much as 30 feet closer to their homes.

"Even now when trucks go by the lights rattle. People say they can see vibration ripples in their bath water. It's enough," said resident Corrine Zala.

Highway developers say they are willing to hear possible compromises that will keep the footprint for the project as small as possible.

"I've heard them loud and clear... they don't want the highway one foot closer to their homes," said Jim Grube, Director of Transportation for Hennepin County.

The project is still a ways off. It's scheduled to start in 2017.

Photo: KSTP

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