Saint Paul, Minn. – The Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee continued its statewide tour of Minnesota, visiting sites in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs – including one in Plymouth– with proposed investments in regional economies. Rep. Ginny Klevorn (DFL – Plymouth) hosted the committee as they learned about proposals for safety updates to County Road 47.
“Plymouth residents deserve the peace of mind to know they’ll be safe-as a driver or a pedestrian- when they travel on County Road 47,” said Rep. Klevorn, who is chief authoring the legislation to fund the project. “The need for this reconstruction is critical. I appreciate the City and County’s partnership in getting this done for Plymouth.”
Designed in the 1920s as a roadway to transport farm equipment and accommodate light traffic, County Road 47 is a winding, one-lane corridor, old fashioned farm to market road with limited shoulder access. According to a Hennepin County crash analysis of 2017-2019 data, 61 crashes have been reported along the road. The city of Plymouth is requesting $20 million in bond funds to expand the shoulder on County Road 47, create trails for pedestrians, remedy poor sight lines, add safe crossings for school, upgrade pavement, add dedicated turn lanes and upgrade all signalized intersections, and mitigate drainage issues.
The House Capital Investment Committee’s tour concludes today. The 2022 legislative session is scheduled to begin on January 31, 2022.