New Radio Drive, Interstate 94 bridge proposed
Washington County is seeking funds from the Metropolitan Council for a number of countywide transportation improvement projects that include a pedestrian bridge on the Radio Drive-Interstate 94 bridge.
The current crossing is narrow and not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, said county engineer Wayne Sandberg, adding that a second $2 million pedestrian crossing is proposed.
The county is also seeking funding for an additional southbound lane on Radio Drive.
“Obviously with the redevelopment of the State Farm site, that will be a critical component for capacity,” County Commissioner Lisa Weik said last week.
But she added that planners should be cognizant of traffic from colleges located to the north as well as the proposed bus rapid transit Gateway Corridor alignment and access to park and ride.
“The interchange of Interstate 94 and Radio Drive is coming under intense pressure with the Cabela’s development, the State Farm redevelopment, the education institutions to the north,” Sandberg said. “This provides additional capacity. It helps increase longevity of that interchange.”
The regional solicitation for federal transportation project funding is part of the Met Council’s federally required process for the Twin Cities area.
Every two years, the process allocates federal funds to locally initiated projects to meet regional transportation needs.
Funding is available from 2017 to 2019. The county will have a 20 percent match requirement if any of the projects are selected for funding.