40 years in the making: Hwy. 610 opens

 The extension of Highway 610 from Elm Creek Boulevard/County Road 81 to Interstate 94 in Maple Grove was opened to traffic on the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 9. The roadway has been planned since 1973 and has been constructed in segments since 1986. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

The extension of Highway 610 from Elm Creek Boulevard/County Road 81 to Interstate 94 in Maple Grove was opened to traffic on the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 9. The roadway has been planned since 1973 and has been constructed in segments since 1986. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

Motorists traveling along Highway 610 have had to stop and get off the road at Elm Creek Boulevard/County Road 81 in Maple Grove for the past several years. But that changed on the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 9.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation officially opened the segment connecting Hwy. 610 from Elm Creek Boulevard/County Road 81 to Interstate 94 to traffic in both directions on Dec. 9.

The final three miles of roadway fills in the gap between Elm Creek Boulevard and I-94 in Maple Grove, allowing motorists to travel through the northern Twin Cities suburbs between I-35W in Mounds View to I-94 in Maple Grove. Hwy. 610 runs approximately 11 miles between the junction of Highways 10 and 47 on the border of Blaine and Coon Rapids and I-94 in Maple Grove.

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