Public Gets Look at Plan to Relieve Highway 252 Congestion
The first of three open houses took place Monday night to allow the public to look at plans to reduce congestion and improve safety on Highway 252.
Those plans include converting Highway 252 into a freeway from Highway 610 in Brooklyn Park to Interstate Highway 694 in Brooklyn Center. Highway 252 has grown more congested since the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) extended Highway 610 to Interstate Highway 94 in Maple Grove.
Another option for 252 includes creating MnPASS lanes, which are reserved for carpools carrying two or more people, buses, motorcycles and solo drivers who pay a fee. The MnPASS lanes would go from Highway 610 to I-694. MnDOT could also create MnPASS lanes for I-94 from I-694 to the Fourth Street exit in downtown Minneapolis.
The Highway 252 project is currently in the environmental review phase. MnDOT is studying a number of different concepts and interchange designs for the roadway.
“We want to increase the safety of Highway 252. We want to decrease Highway 252 Congestion and we want to improve the reliability of the roadway,” said Kent Barnard, MnDOT spokesperson.
The open houses allow MnDOT to gather feedback on the plans. The next Highway 252 open house takes place Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Brooklyn Park Community Center.
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