Anoka County and partners secure $19 million for Highway 65 improvements

Anoka County and several partners secured $19 million in funding for improvements for Highway 65 in Blaine, the county said in a news release.

The Anoka County Board of Commissioners, the city of Blaine and Minnesota Department of Transportation worked with the House and Senate to get $9 million in funding. $5 million of this will go to the Highway 65 and 109th Avenue intersection and $4 million will go to the highway 65 and 99th Avenue intersection.

The county said it was also able to get another $10 million for improvements to the highway through the Metropolitan Council 2022 regional solicitation process.

“Anoka County and its partners have been working for years to obtain funding for planned
improvements along Highway 65, from 99th Avenue to 117th Avenue, which has a crash rate eight
times higher than state average,” said District 3 Anoka County Commissioner Robyn West. “These
funds will certainly help in the process of making enhancements to alleviate the regular congestion
and improve safety on this highly used corridor.”

District 2 Commissioner Julie Braastad also commended Representative Tom Emmer and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, who submitted funding requests.