MnDOT begins forming plan for Highway 252 project

Updated: August 14, 2019 10:25 PM

Roughly 40,000 to 60,000 vehicles drive up and down Highway 252 every day.

Between 2011 and 2015, Highway 252 had five intersections on the top 100 list of costly crashes.


"I watch fly through the lights," Jami Frey said. "I watch people not being able to stop because they're going too fast."

Frey runs a business on 85th Avenue and Highway 252 in Brooklyn Park.

"As much as I'm not looking forward to the Minnesota construction, I'm so excited for the project to happen because I think it's really going to slow down accidents on that intersection," she said.

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To make Highway 252 safer for pedestrians and drivers, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is thinking about converting Highway 252 into a freeway. 

"Turning it into a freeway means controlled access," Erik Backstrom, with MnDOT, said. "So we would be removing intersections along it, you'd have on and off ramps for that stretch north of 694."

Backstrom says the cost is around $270 million to $320 million.

One proposal has a portion Highway 252 raised on bridges. That's an idea Frey likes.

"They did that on 169 over by Fleet Farm ... now it just makes the traffic flow over there," she said.

According to MnDOT, construction could begin by 2022.

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