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Posted on: February 6, 2024

County gets $24.7 million for Zimmerman interchange

169 and 4

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday that Sherburne County will receive $24.7 million to complete road construction at U.S. Highway 169 and County Road 4 in Zimmerman, a project that will improve traffic flow, increase safety and remove the only remaining traffic signal between Rogers and Onamia.

This project will reconstruct approximately 1 mile of 169 and approximately a half mile of County Road 4, create a grade-separated singlepoint urban interchange, install two reduced conflict intersections, construct three roundabouts, remove six at-grade access points, and develop multiuse trails/sidewalks. 

“I am extremely happy to see this project move forward,” said Sherburne County Board Chair and Commissioner Gregg Felber. “This will be a major improvement in highway safety for all of Minnesota – literally saving lives once it is completed. We could not have completed this project without our wonderful federal partners, proving once again that the safety of our Minnesota highways and County Roads is of utmost importance.”

The intersection of 169 and County Road 4 has long been a safety concern for vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Studies have shown that the improvements that will be made at the intersection will alleviate long traffic delays seen especially on weekends and improve safety for pedestrians.

“This awesome news!” said Sherburne County Commissioner Lisa A. Fobbe, who represents the city of Zimmerman.  “We started working on this critically needed safety project nearly a decade ago. With these federal funds, we should now be fully funded, with the project now moving to final design and construction.” 

Felber and Fobbe cited a coordinated effort among local, state and federal partners to secure the much-needed funding.

“I would like to thank our city partners, Congressman Emmer and Senators Klobuchar and Smith, as well as State Representatives Daudt and Novotny and Senator Matthews for their tireless work in support of this project,” Fobbe said, “which will benefit not only Zimmerman and Sherburne County, but also the larger region and, indeed all of Minnesota.”

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