125th Avenue Reconstruction - Harpers Street to Lexington Avenue 

Project Summary

Project Background / Description
Anoka County, in partnership with the City of Blaine, is developing design plans for the reconstruction of 125th Avenue (CSAH 14) from Harpers Street to Lexington Avenue (CSAH 17) with anticipated construction in 2022.  The project will consist of the full reconstruction of 125th Avenue (CSAH 14) from a 2-lane undivided road to a 4-lane divided urban road, to improve safety and mobility for all road users. The project will include a signalized intersection at North Lake Boulevard / Legacy Creek Parkway, a bituminous trail on the south side of 125th Avenue, ADA compliant pedestrian accommodations at each intersection, and stormwater drainage improvements.

CSAH 14 is a critical east-west arterial for Anoka County that provides connectivity between U.S. Highway 10 to the west, Interstate 35 to the east, and all points of interest between. The average traffic volume of 13,400 ADT within this section is significant, and is expected to increase with the anticipated economic and residential developments in the area. The improvements incorporated with this project will meet the demands of travelers on this segment of CSAH 14 well into the future.

Project Goals
Provided below are the project goals being considered during the design and construction phase of this project:

  • Safely accommodate all users, including motor vehicles, transit, pedestrians, and bicyclists
  • Provide efficient mobility and safe access for all modes of travel
  • Develop a financially responsible design which minimizes right-of-way and environmental resource impacts. 

Below is an overview of the project schedule, identifying key milestones in the process:

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 this 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 several activities that will occur throughout the design process that will allow for input from the various stakeholders. Agency and public involvement activities will be scheduled through the project’s development, and will include:

  • Technical Advisory Committee Meetings - Anoka County has assembled a Technical Advisory Committee (“TAC”) to provide input and feedback on the proposed project. Members of the TAC include staff from Anoka County, City of Blaine, and various consultants who will gather information essential to the design and meet monthly to discuss different aspects of the project. The TAC members exchange technical and political information regarding the project with governmental stakeholders, 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 individual agencies may have concerns regarding resources that could be impacted due to the project. Staff from Anoka County and the City of Blaine will meet with the individual agencies throughout the project’s development to gain an understanding of the concerns and work through possible mitigation strategies and any necessary design improvements.

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

  • Public Information Meetings – Staff from Anoka County will provide informational materials and maps at Open House(s) that will be held in 2020. Individual meeting notices will be mailed to surrounding property owners and residents within a half mile of the corridor. In addition, meeting notices will be posted on the Anoka County Highway Department website and this webpage. Meeting(s) will be an open house style format, where County and City staff answer questions and provide additional information as meeting attendees look at various boards and maps of the proposed project. Comment cards for any concerns, comments or questions will be provided at the meetings, and can be completed and left at the meeting(s), or completed a later date and be mailed or dropped off at the Anoka County Highway Department offices. All verbal and written comments gathered during or after the meeting(s) will be reviewed by staff.

Project Layout

Project Contacts

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

  • Jorge Bernal, Design Engineer III
    763-324-3185; Email

  • Nicholas Dobda, Manager, Engineering
    763-324-3118; Email