Highway 10 through the Cities of Ramsey and Anoka is a high-volume roadway studied numerous times, each time furthering planning for conversion to a full freeway. The corridor is commonly congested with a high crash and severity rate. Five signalized intersections and numerous access points contribute to facility degradation. Over 10 years, 13 people died on the 7-mile corridor. Based on traffic volumes and safety concerns, a freeway was the proper vision.
Considering funding levels, a freeway facility is unlikely within the foreseeable future. This study included a comprehensive analysis of specific problem areas. Less traditional strategies were considered to balance realities of funding with solutions that provide significant safety and mobility benefits. Using existing infrastructure and developing right-sized, fundable-scale projects was a significant focus.
The study recommended and prioritized more than 20 high-benefit improvements. After study adoption, Bolton & Menk worked to design improvements and obtained funding for the development of the projects.