BLAINE, Minn. – (Aug. 30, 2018) – After a year of construction and many more years of planning before that, 105th Avenue in Blaine is rebuilt and open to drivers. This week a grand opening ceremony was held.
“Getting 105th rebuilt, thank goodness, this is a good day,” said Rep. Nolan West (R) at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Mayor Ryan said this is just the beginning of many other projects on 105th.
“It’s just a start of many things to come here we’re trying to put properties together along this road to make it look like a really great place to be a part of the central part of Blaine” he said.
State Senator Jerry Newton (DFL) said the National Sports Center has some ideas for 105th as well.
“We’re going to see a lot of development along 105th there are plans now that National Sport Center has that I think will surprise people in the next few years,” he said.
With the National Sports Center, a large state asset, located on 105th the city sought and received state funding to cover half the project cost. It is rare to get state dollars to reconstruct a city roadway. Now the roadway features a reduced speed for safety due to the high level of pedestrian traffic in the area. With 105th complete local lawmakers are focusing on other problem roadways in the area.
“This is just the beginning,” said Rep. Erin Koegel (DFL). “This is one thorough fair we’re going to work on, there’s lots in our area we need to improve and fix to make sure that our families can move around safely and quickly throughout the north metro so I really look forward to working with Representative West and Senator Newton on 65 as well as University and some other projects that we can make sure that people can come up here and enjoy our community.”
Portions of both Highway 65 and University Avenue have reached the study phase as MnDOT looks at future projects.