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Highway 10 construction begins in Anoka this weekend

MnDOT says crews will work 24 hours a day and nearby residents may experience noise, lights and vibration.

ANOKA, Minn. — MnDOT road crews are shutting down a busy highway this weekend in the north metro to demolish and remove a bridge.

Highway 10 in Anoka will close in both directions between 7th Avenue and Ferry Street from 10 p.m. Friday, March 17 until 5 a.m. Monday, March 20.

Crews will be getting rid of the Ferry Street bridge as part of a big reconstruction project. The bridge will close to traffic in both directions beginning at 9 p.m. Friday and remain closed through the fall of this year.

"Crews will work 24 hours a day and nearby residents may experience some noise, lights and vibration," according to a news release.

During the weekend closure, MnDOT officials suggest that drivers follow the marked detours around Anoka on Highway 610, I-94 and Highway 101. 

Highway 10 is expected to reopen in time for the Monday morning commute. However, it will be a single lane of traffic in each direction from Ferry Street to 7th Avenue through the fall.

During that time MnDOT crews will build a new bridge, as part of the bigger project that aims to "improve traffic flow, decrease congestion and increase safety along and across Highway 10."

Brenda Brinkman, who owns the shop Amazing Alterations near Highway 10 over the Rum River, said the newest road disruption could cause major delays for her clients. She specializes in the bridal industry and helps about1,500 brides a year.

"That bridge is our main vein coming up here. It's going to affect everything," Brinkman said. "I'm sure all of our clients who come from Richfield, and Plymouth, and everywhere from down south, they're gonna be late, they're gonna be lost."

But, like the alteration business, sometimes construction has to get worse before it gets better.

"Messy. But necessary," Brinkman said. "When we take a dress and we have to take it apart, and put it back together, it's never pretty until it's done. And when it's done it's amazing. So I'm hoping that's where we are going to be with this!" 

The project is expected to wrap up by the spring of 2024.

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