The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) studied the railroad crossing at Highway 47 (Ferry Street) in Anoka. The study looked at two main alternatives: a bridge over the railroad tracks or a tunnel beneath the railroad tracks and it was determined that a bridge/overpass would be the best solution.
The proposed overpass would be a multi-span bridge that would accommodate two travel lanes and a multi-use trail on the east side. This project would improve safety for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and trains and improve regional mobility and emergency response time. The Highway 47 Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railway crossing in Anoka is one of the top 20 locations for expected crashes in the metropolitan area and has the second highest volume of traffic crossing a railway daily.