The long anticipated 610 connection was completed last fall. It connects Interstate 94 to Interstate 35W via Hwy 610/10. This connector provides greater access and convenience across the north metro. It has resulted in a great opportunity for commercial real estate development. At almost every exit there are new commercial developments. Many warehouses, charter schools, shopping developments, distribution centers, and Target North Campus have been built along this Highway. There is still a lot of undeveloped land available along 610 in both Maple Grove and Brooklyn Park. It may even be part of the site that Maple Grove submitted for Amazon’s second corporate headquarters. With access points at HWY 252, HWY 169, HWY 10, and I-94 it is a great place for greater access to the region. It will also be connected at West Broadway and 610 to downtown with the Blue Line extension.
An already congested segment of 35W between 43rd Street and Downtown is undergoing some major improvements and reconstruction. The project is expected to take four years with improvements on 35W from 494 to downtown expected to cost $239 million. The first major change took place last week with the Franklin Avenue bridge detour. However the long term business and public transportation impacts on South Minneapolis, particularly Lake Street will be great. The new entrance and exit ramps on Lake Street will provide much needed freeway access to revitalize business in that area. There are also some major infrastructure improvements planned with 4 bridges being repaired, 11 bridges being replaced, and the entire stretch being re-paved. We look forward to seeing how this can improve the lives of business owners, residents and commuters.