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Continued: Hwy. 610 is set to link up with I-94 – after 25 years

  • Article by: JIM ADAMS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 26, 2013 - 11:13 AM

Completion of the final leg will help Brooklyn Park attract more businesses to its 610 stretch, said City Manager Jamie Verbrugge. In the past year, three big firms — Baxter International, Olympus Surgical and Target — have announced plans to expand or move into sites along 610.

“We are starting to see a lot of movement on 610,” Verbrugge said. “The transportation system is one of the things that companies look at, especially if they have warehousing or distribution needs and want ease of access for their workers.”

Commuters are looking at it, too. Mike Maureen, who lives in Rogers, usually takes I-94 to work in Minneapolis, where he monitors freeway traffic cameras and provides traffic updates during rush hours on KBEM radio. His backup route is County Road 81 to the existing 610 stretch. The new leg will get him on Hwy. 610 a lot faster.

“It will be unusually valuable to me as a commuter and to others,” Maureen said.

 

Jim Adams • 612-673-7658

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