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Upcoming construction on I-35W MnPASS Project draws concerns

March 30, 2019 10:10 PM

Martin Venegas said he was excited to see trees and brush taken out that lined the border between his neighborhood and Interstate 35W in Blaine.

But Venegas soon learned it was a precursor to a three-year-long road construction project that will push lanes toward his home during the duration.

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"We're not going to be happy about it," Venegas said. "We live here, right close to the highway."

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is set to start work on building new MnPASS Express Lanes on Interstate 35W in the north metro this month.

Overnight closures begin Sunday, with lane changes to follow in April and May.

RELATED: I-35W North MnPASS project begins Sunday

The project will also repave portions of the highway and shore up bridges along the route.

But neighbors in a mobile home park that sits on the east side of the interstate say the noise and safety concerns will only get worse.

"With the trees cut down, there needs to be a wall or something built because I'm nervous for that road," said Adara Burns, who has lived in the area for almost a decade.

MnDOT pulled the trees and brush that ran parallel to the interstate to prepare for the project.

Burns said she's worried about children who often play on the road closest to the highway.

Venegas, whose home is close to the interstate, said the construction noise could be a problem for his family.

"Some of us work early in the morning, 5 a.m. in the morning," Venegas said. "It does really bother you at night when you go to sleep."

Part of the project includes seven noise barriers that will be installed in different areas along Interstate 35W, but this area will not get one. According to MnDOT, the project was voted down during planning.


 

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