The federal grant will help Plymouth improve safety and accessibility on the motorway. 55

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded Plymouth $15 million to make improvements to transit, mobility, and safety in the freeway region. 55 and County Road 73.

Plymouth will use money from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity grant program to carry out its Station 73 transit and regional improvement program.

Plans include realigning County Road 73 to improve traffic flow and connection to the freeway. 55. The project would also include a new tunnel under the highway. 55 to make it safer for pedestrians to cross the road, a new roundabout at South Shore Drive and 10th Avenue N. and two bus platforms and connecting trails on the freeway. 55.

At the Station 73 transit center, there will be an area dedicated to carpooling and places to charge electric bicycles and scooters.

“Crossing Highway 55 is a huge barrier to mobility for the non-vehicle public – and we have safety concerns for pedestrians and cyclists,” said Public Works Director Michael Thompson. “Completing these essential infrastructure improvements will help support transport, job opportunities and business growth in Plymouth, which will benefit area residents and commuters.”

The project will be carried out in phases over the next few years in partnership with state, regional and county agencies.

Tim Harlow

Ramsey County

The department hires a human resources manager

Ramsey County leaders have selected Annie Porbeni as the county’s new human resources director.

Porbeni, who has more than two decades of related experience, is expected to take office on September 6. She will oversee more than 60 employees of the county’s human resources department.

Porbeni has worked for the state since June 2018, most recently as Director of Human Resources for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. She also served as Vice President of Human Resources at YWCA Minneapolis and Director of Human Resources at Open Cities Health Center.

She received her bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and extension from Rivers State University of Science and Technology in Nigeria and a master’s degree in international development studies from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership Policy and Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota.

Porbeni replaces Gail Blackstone, who left the county earlier this year after an outside law firm investigated the human resources department.

Porbeni lives in Woodbury with her husband and three children.

Shannon Prather

Elmo Lake

Bluegrass Festival at Lake Elmo Park Preserve

The 20th annual Washington County Bluegrass Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Lake Elmo Park Preserve, with bands from the Twin Cities, Winona and Milwaukee performing from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The range of King Wilkie’s Dream, Pale Ales, Barbaro and Chicken Wire Empire are free to annual park permit holders and available to everyone else for the price of a daily ($7) or annual ($30) permit. .

The event is sponsored by the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association. No animals or alcohol are allowed.

Lake Elmo Park Preserve is a 2,165 acre park 30 miles east of the metro area.

Matt McKinney