Highway 610 Project Aims to Ease Traffic Congestion, Grow Jobs
Economic growth and the easing of traffic congestion are just a couple of the benefits of a new road construction project kicking off in Maple Grove.
It’s been decades in the making.
“Fifty years in the planning and over 30 years of construction has gotten us to where we are today,” said U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minnesota, during a ceremony in Maple Grove. “I bet that some of you here feel like you have been working on this project for 50 years, but it was worth it.”
Smith joined several other state and federal lawmakers from both sides of the aisle Tuesday afternoon to officially break ground on the sixth and final section of Highway 610.
The $58 million project will extend Highway 610 to the west and connect with County Road 30. The project will also add new connections to Interstate 94.
Officials say the project will help create 500 new jobs in healthcare and manufacturing, and will help alleviate traffic congestion on I-94.
“It brings access for emergency vehicles; we no longer have to go through local roads to bring someone in an ambulance to the hospital,” said Minnesota state Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove. “This is all a tremendous asset for not only Maple Grove, but the entire region up and down highway 94.”
The planning process for Highway 610 began all the way back in 1973, with the first chunk being built in 1986. Construction on this final section of 610 will take about two years to complete.