News Flash

CTN Latest Stories

Posted on: November 8, 2019

Weather Delays Reopening of Hanson Blvd.

The finish line keeps getting pushed back for construction along Hanson Boulevard. The reopening of the road at the railroad tracks, which has been closed since March, is delayed once again. Wet weather followed by colder than expected temperatures created setbacks for the project.

The overpass will eventually move traffic on Hanson up over the railroad tracks north of Coon Rapids Boulevard. The new bridge will cut down on wait times for first responders who would sometimes get blocked by frequent trains and alleviate traffic jams for the roughly 30,000 vehicles that normally drive along the road every day.

The next major step is scheduled for Thursday, November 14, when crews will pour concrete for the bridge deck at 108th Avenue NW. Once poured, it takes up to 28 days to cure before the overpass can open for traffic. That could push the reopening of Hanson into December, and even then, it still won't mean the end of construction.

“Temperatures are just bad,” said Tim Himmer, the Coon Rapids public works director, during a City Council Meeting on Tuesday. “While the road will be paved and most of the curb work will be done... the sidewalk work can't be done. Then you're pushing snow and drainage on top of those big walls, you're creating issues with them. So we're going to narrow it down and save room for snow storage on the bridge itself.”

The latest estimate for the reopening could be late December, just before Christmas. When the road does reopen, only one lane will be available in each direction throughout the winter. More finishing work will be delayed until 2020. Next year crews will install new sidewalks and trails, finish curb work, and put in permanent traffic lights before Hanson can reopen two lanes of traffic in both directions.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in CTN Latest Stories

School Board Chair Loses Reelection Bid

Posted on: November 8, 2019

Groundbreaking for New Apartment

Posted on: November 7, 2019

Mercy Offering 3D Mammograms

Posted on: October 25, 2019
Worker places a red plastic bag over a fire hydrant

Fire Hydrant Covers

Posted on: October 30, 2019

Students Staging Fall Production at ARCC

Posted on: November 1, 2019

CRHS Bringing Back Veterans Day Program

Posted on: October 18, 2019

Chili Fundraiser Helps Local Food Shelf

Posted on: October 11, 2019

Rescuers Who Saved Little Boy Honored

Posted on: October 4, 2019

CTN Wins 10 National Awards in Tampa, FL

Posted on: September 27, 2019

LWV Hosts Forum on 2020 Census

Posted on: September 13, 2019

Progress Report on Hanson Construction

Posted on: August 23, 2019
Crooked Lake water testing

Crooked Lake Water Testing

Posted on: August 2, 2019

Thousands Gather for Night to Unite

Posted on: August 9, 2019

Phil Mickelson Commits to 3M Open

Posted on: March 15, 2019

Makeup Day Added to School Calendar

Posted on: March 1, 2019

You're Hired: District 11 Hosts Job Fair

Posted on: February 22, 2019

Northstar Ridership Down 1% in 2018

Posted on: February 15, 2019

Village 10 Chipotle Opening February 20

Posted on: February 15, 2019

Winter Clothing Donations Needed

Posted on: February 8, 2019

Zac Brown Band Performing at 3M Open

Posted on: February 1, 2019

The 'Donut Boy' Arrives in Coon Rapids

Posted on: January 25, 2019

Local Lawmaker Becomes House Speaker

Posted on: January 11, 2019

School Board Adopts 2019 Property Tax Levy

Posted on: December 14, 2018

Out in the Cold 4 Youth

Posted on: December 7, 2018

New Indoor Self-Storage Facility Approved

Posted on: November 30, 2018

ALDI Remodels Northdale Blvd. Store

Posted on: November 30, 2018

NSC Hosts 'Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo'

Posted on: November 16, 2018