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Lake Street north of Calhoun draws 39,300 vehicles on an average day, making that the second busiest section of Hennepin County road and the busiest county road in Minneapolis.
The county could be a key partner in a land bridge because it controls Lake Street. “While they’re an engineering challenge, they’re not impossible to design, but they are very expensive,” said Jim Grube, the county’s transportation director.
They’ve also been easiest to do where outside funding is available. In Duluth, for example, highway money put Interstate 35 underground for about four-tenths of a mile in two sections. At Target Field, the publicly funded plaza with Kirby Puckett’s statue sits on a land bridge over Interstate 394.
That means that the Park Board will need to seek financial help, as well, facing mounting maintenance and development priorities. “We have to be very clear about what doesn’t get done,” Commissioner Scott Vreeland said.
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