Sen. Jerry Newton authors 4 transportation bonding projects for Blaine area

An arial view of the Hanson Boulevard/BNSF rail crossing.

ST. PAUL, MINN — In an effort to coordinate greater investment in local roads and highways within his district, Senator Jerry Newton (DFL-Blaine) has recently introduced several bonding bills requesting state investment in local transportation projects. The four bills address construction needs for roads in Blaine, Coon Rapids and Anoka.

A bill to address a high-need and well known area in Coon Rapids requests $12.6 million in funding to build a rail grade crossing over Hanson Boulevard. The project would help drastically alleviate congestion along this busy corridor. Coon Rapids has the distinction of being the Minnesota city that experiences the most train traffic on a daily basis.

Another request comes in at a little more than $6 million in funds to reconstruct 105th Avenue in Blaine near the Blaine Sports Center. The reconstruction would help traffic flow more easily and make way for additional economic development projects that would help enhance the entire area.

A final bonding request asks for $30 million in funds to allow for the widening of U.S. Highway 10. Highway 10 is a frequently utilized road in the area, and the much-needed expansion would significantly help reduce congestion.

“I am committed to upholding promises I’ve made to constituents to improve our transportation system. We need the assistance of state funding to improve roads, widen highways and help make economic development improvements that will accommodate our growing city. I’m proud to carry these pieces of legislation, and will work diligently to see them passed into law,” said Sen. Newton.