Fixing deadly spot on Hwy. 10 could cost $300 million

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 8, 2012 - 9:09 PM

Plans to reconstruct the highway, dropped years ago due to lack of money, may be revived after another pedestrian died on the road in Anoka County.

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nicholas468Dec. 8, 12 8:29 PM

I was born and raised in the Anoka area. It is an place where people are excessively speeding at all points because that is the culture out there. It is unfortunate that so much money will be given to reward poor behavior but, if the city could just put a couple of cops to bust up these people, or even just scare them into behaving better, maybe we don't need another highway.

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nobamaaaaaDec. 8, 12 8:39 PM

This is a joke. There is a cross-walk 50 yards away from where the girl got hit. Does a guard rail or median cost $300 million? What did your parents teach you? Look both ways before you cross the street. With the exception of the elderly couple, the people who have been struck have not used the cross-walk. As a taxpayer of Anoka county, $300 million is not needed to fix this issue. Its called Darwin...

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jeffportDec. 8, 12 8:40 PM

How about getting Silver Lake Road fixed while we're at it. That "Cross-Walk" on 39th only stays clear to walk for about 15 secs which is not even long enough to get half way across the 4 lane road. I was hit on that road by an elderly lady back on Sept 14th and nearly get hit every other week by drivers that are in a hurry or do not follow the driving rules of the road. I'm not absolving these hit pedestrians of any wrong doing if they did anything wrong but lets face it, some drivers these days do not watch the road.

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rickcmnDec. 8, 12 8:45 PM

It is a tragedy that these people died by walking across a highway with a 60mph speed limit. Especially when there is a crosswalk less than a tenth of a mile away. I feel bad for the people that hit them, they have to live with killing someone. The road could be fixed, look at the way Texas has set up highways that are simalier to hwy 10. Exit ramps to one way frontage roads with crossovers to the opposit side but not at every intersection. It would work, but it would not stop the people from trying to beat the cars. They still would not go to the crossover, remember it is only a tenth of a mile or less to a crosswalk with a traffic light from where these people got hit.

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muladDec. 8, 12 8:49 PM

I'm not a huge fan of them from a pedestrian/cyclist perspective, particularly for grade-level roads, but I believe the going rate for a bike/ped bridge is around $3 million these days.

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fwallenDec. 8, 12 9:00 PM

The idea that we should have to spend 300 millon solve this problem is indicative of a governmental abyss. Something is drastically wrong if the only choices are the status quo or 300million.

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truthfullDec. 8, 12 9:05 PM

Isn't soon to be former mayor Bob Ramsey the same mayor to legalize golf carts, ATV's and snowmobiles on Ramsey city streets in the name of freedom. Freedom to get hit by a car and then blame the road.

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therooseDec. 8, 12 9:14 PM

I used to drive this stretch of road everyday for years before moving to Minneapolis from Elk River. I think overpasses need to be put in. No, I am not an Anoka County tax payer and I understand those who are when they argue the fact of spending the money to do so, but when I drove that stretch of road daily I saw countless near accidents because of people having to slam on their brakes. I dont know how many times I looked in my rearview mirror to see the car behind mine's front bumper kissing the pavement because they had to hit their brakes so hard. Sure people could slow down, but I think we all know that will never happen. It took me 45 minutes to get from Coon Rapids to Elk River at 4:30 in the evening. A solid 20 minutes of that was sitting in the mess in Anoka. In all reality, that intersection in Anoka is terrible and dangerous, both for drivers and pedestrians. Something needs to be done and I think that intersection should have been a priority over completely reconstructing Main St (which is going on now)...

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fishergDec. 8, 12 9:19 PM

Hwy 10 had long ago passed the point of requiring an upgrade to freeway status. The only reason it hasn't is that it is not in the rich south/southwest suburbs. There is no way around it. Many don't understand the cost of concrete. They think it grows on trees and feel they shouldn't have to pay for it.

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dblissDec. 8, 12 9:58 PM

The current situation is unacceptable. But there comes a point when you have to ask, do we really have to set up every arterial road to be usable at 60 miles per hour? Traffic calming, lights, a 35mph limit and/or pedestrian footbridges are all much less expensive possibilities that are better for the environment and give the cities more options for residential and economic development around the highway, and should be considered.

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