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Open house for County Road 9 bridge over I-494 set for April 17

Post Date:04/05/2018 3:25 pm

State and local lawmakers tour the existing County Road 9 bridge over I-494 as part of the city's advocacy efforts
An open house is set for Tuesday, April 17 to hear feedback on preliminary plans for replacing the County Road 9 bridge over I-494. City and state officials toured the bridge in November 2017 as part of the city’s advocacy for $10.7 million in state bonding to fund replacement of the 53-year-old bridge.

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The City of Plymouth and Hennepin County will host an open house 3:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at Plymouth City Hall, 3400 Plymouth Blvd., to share preliminary plans for replacing the County Road 9 (Rockford Road) Bridge over Interstate 494 and improving the intersection.

Staff from the city, county and Minnesota Department of Transportation will be on hand at the open house to hear comments, take suggestions and answer questions. The feedback from the public will help the agencies further refine design options.

Because project funding has not yet been secured, the City of Plymouth is seeking $10.7 million in state bond funds to reconstruct the 53-year-old bridge.

Though the bridge is not city-owned infrastructure, the city has teamed up with Hennepin County and MnDOT to develop design options. This will allow the project to move ahead quickly, once funding is in place.

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The existing interchange was built in 1965 without dedicated left turn lanes – and the area has seen considerable development over the past five decades. This interchange is the site of daily congestion and has averaged 33 crashes per year over the past five years. The proposed project would improve public safety and reduce congestion by constructing a wider bridge that can accommodate dedicated left turn lanes onto I-494. 

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