Improvement and study information
About the study
We have begun a study of potential improvements on Hwy 47 between Cree St. NW and Anoka Co. Rd. 28 (Ambassador Blvd. NW) in St. Francis in partnership with Anoka County and the city of St. Francis. The four-lane highway currently has safety and access issues and is in need of long-term improvements.
To immediately address these concerns, we are using the Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths program. Minnesota TZD is the state’s proven traffic safety program that uses an interdisciplinary approach to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and deaths on Minnesota roads by combining education, emergency medical and trauma services, enforcement and engineering.
In addition to immediate improvements, we have begun a planning study of the Hwy 47 corridor to examine a range of alternatives to address the safety of people walking, biking, and driving; as well as the role this corridor plays in the future of the city of St. Francis.
March 2020 project update
MnDOT has placed the Hwy 47 project in St. Francis on hold. The city of St. Francis will not proceed with the project as currently proposed and has requested a meeting with MnDOT’s Commissioner to explore alternative solutions. At this time, the department will not move forward with construction in 2022 as originally planned; the project will remain on hold until a path forward can be discussed and agreed upon.
We appreciate all the interest, support and engagement on this project thus far, and hope we can continue to engage with the community soon.