Lino Lakes City Council fights proposed pay lanes along I-35W


The state’s plans to add restricted-access MnPass lanes on Interstate 35W are a bad deal for north metro residents, said members of one city council.

The Lino Lakes City Council held off giving the Minnesota Department of Transportation municipal consent for the 35W expansion project, which would add a MnPass lane in each direction from Roseville to Blaine, at its Aug. 22 meeting.

City leaders met with MnDOT officials Tuesday to try to hash out a deal where the city could give partial approval for the $208 million project, including for resurfacing the roadway, building sound walls and adding the badly needed lanes, while making clear that it objects to them being high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes. Technically, the 35W MnPass lanes will end before they reach Lino Lakes, but the resurfacing and sound walls parts of the project stretch into Lino Lakes.


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