CSAH 11 (Foley Boulevard) BNSF Railway Grade Separation

Construction on this project started in June, 2021.   Please see the Construction Weekly (https://www.anokacounty.us/1578/Construction-Weekly) for regular updates on this and other current construction projects.  

Time-Lapse video of Foley Blvd RR crossing project in Coon Rapids July 2, 2021 - August 13, 2022

Project Summary

Project Background / Description
Anoka County is planning the reconstruction of CSAH 11 (Foley Boulevard) from CSAH 1 (East River Road) to CSAH 3 (Coon Rapids Boulevard) in the City of Coon Rapids. When completed, Foley Boulevard will be a four-lane divided section that will be grade separated from the BNSF railroad tracks. The Foley Boulevard corridor is a major transportation corridor within the City of Coon Rapids providing access to, from, and across Highway 10 and Highway 610.

The existing BNSF railroad double track at-grade crossing of Foley Boulevard is on one of the busiest segments of rail in the state. The railroad line experiences heavy use during all hours of the day, primarily due to freight, but also serves the Northstar commuter and Amtrak rail traffic. Anoka County and the City of Coon Rapids have identified the need for a grade-separated railroad crossing at this location to address the safety and operational issues that have increased over time.

Project Development
The reconstruction of Foley Boulevard includes a number of improvements that increase both pedestrian and traffic safety through the corridor. It also accommodates the future expansion of the existing partial interchange at TH610/East River Road to a full interchange by adding ramp access to and from the east.  The project improvements include:

  • Elimination of the existing at-grade railroad crossing made possible by the realignment of Foley Boulevard and a bridge over the BNSF tracks.
  • ADA compliant trail on the north side and sidewalk on the south side of Foley Boulevard.
  • A raised center median on Foley Boulevard.
  • Lengthened and/or additional turn lanes.
  • Extension of 96th Avenue to an intersection with Foley Boulevard and the Park-and-Ride entrance/exit.
  • Intersection improvements at the Foley Boulevard and the Park-and-Ride entrance/exit
  • Traffic signal improvements at the Foley Boulevard intersections with East River Road and Coon Rapids Boulevard.

An embankment will be constructed to raise the grade of Foley Boulevard to facilitate the grade separation of the railroad crossing. The embankment will impact the Park-and-Ride access and require modifications to the Park-and-Ride’s internal circulation and access with Foley Boulevard. An alternatives analysis of the Park-and-Ride circulation is currently being completed to evaluate the potential changes and determine required improvements to the Park-and-Ride facility.

A traffic study is currently being completed due to the project’s effect on traffic operations along the corridor. The study will address the primary question of what geometry and traffic control is necessary to service the existing and future traffic volumes based on the proposed layout. There will be traffic signals at the East River Road/Foley Boulevard intersection and the Coon Rapids Boulevard/Foley Boulevard intersection. Traffic signal warrant evaluations will be completed for the Park-and-Ride/Foley Boulevard intersection and the East River Road/WB TH 610 entrance ramp intersection. The traffic study will also evaluate the number and length of turn lanes required throughout the project limits.


Develop Geometric Layout: Spring 2019
Open House: May 16, 2019
Preliminary Design: Summer 2019 – Fall 2019
Environmental Documentation: Fall 2019 – Spring 2020
Open House: February 6, 2020
Final Design: Fall 2019 – Spring 2021
Construction: Summer 2021 – Fall 2022

Open House #1
Thursday, May 16, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Headstart - ACCAP
9574 Foley Boulevard, Coon Rapids, MN  55433

Open House #2 
Thursday, February 6, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Heartstart - ACCAP
9574 Foley Boulevard NW, Coon Rapids, MN  55433

Representatives from Anoka County and the City of Coon Rapids will on site to answer questions about the funded construction of the railroad overpass to be constructed in 2021 and potential future interchange (unfunded and unscheduled at this time).  Additional Open Houses will be held as the project progresses

Public Involvement / Meetings
Various stakeholders, ranging from permitting agencies (i.e., MN DNR, MnDOT, Watershed Districts, etc.) to residents and property owners living or working along or near the roadway have an interest in the development of the roadway project. The County recognizes that these interests vary in perspective. The County will use information provided by various stakeholders when making decisions on final improvements. There are a number of activities that will occur throughout the design process that will allow for input from the various stakeholders. Agency and public involvement activities will include:

  • Project Management Team Meetings (technical staff from the County and City)
  • Agency Coordination Meetings (technical staff from local, regional, state, and federal agencies)
  • Presentations at City Council Meetings (Coon Rapids)
  • Public Information Meetings (residents and property owners)

These activities will be scheduled throughout the project’s development. More information regarding the various activities is included below.

Project Management Team Meetings
Anoka County assembled a Project Management Team (PMT) to provide input and feedback on the proposed project. Members of the PMT include staff from Anoka County and the City of Coon Rapids, and the consultant completing the preliminary and final design for this project. They meet monthly to discuss various aspects of this project, and exchange technical and political information on the project between the governmental stakeholders. The PMT members report information to their various councils and/or boards and provide directives for action during the project’s development.

Agency Coordination Meetings
Throughout the project development process, various agencies will have concerns regarding resources that may be impacted due to the project. Staff from Anoka County and the City will meet with the individual agencies throughout the project development to gain an understanding of their concerns and work through possible mitigation strategies, or design improvements necessary to reach a consensus.

Presentations at Council Meetings
Anoka County Staff will present project information at City Council Meetings and/or workshops to educate and solicit input from elected officials about the proposed project.

Public Information Meetings
Anoka County will provide informational materials and maps at Public Information Meetings that will be held throughout the course of the project. The County will inform the surrounding landowners of the upcoming meetings by mailing individual meeting notices to property owners and residents within a half-mile of the corridor. In addition, this website will also contain announcements of the meetings. The meetings will be an open house style format where County and City staff will interact with the public, answering questions and providing information as they look at various boards and maps of the proposed project. Comment cards will be provided to the public to use for written comments and can be completed either at the meeting or at home. Verbal and written comments gathered at the meetings will be reviewed by staff.

Foley Boulevard and BNSF Grade-Separated Project

Project Contacts

If you have any questions about the construction, or would like to comment on any aspect of the project, please contact the representative below:

  • Chris Osterhus, Construction Engineering Supervisor
    763-324-3189 or Email