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Corridors of Commerce

Fostering Economic Growth with Transportation Investments

About the program

Corridors of Commerce logoTransportation contributes to a growing economy by supporting commerce. Transportation investments directly and indirectly foster economic growth through the provision of construction jobs and a commerce-friendly network of corridors to ship goods and provide mobility to citizens.

The 2013 Minnesota Legislature created the Corridors of Commerce program by authorizing the sale of up to $300 million in new bonds for the construction, reconstruction and improvement of trunk highways (2013 Session Law, Chapter 117, DOC 0.5 MB). The legislation establishes two major goals: to provide additional highway capacity on segments where there are currently bottlenecks in the system, and to improve the movement of freight and reduce barriers to commerce.

Final projects selected

Governor Dayton and MnDOT announced the final Corridors of Commerce projects at a press conference on Nov. 14, 2013. These 10 projects will increase highway capacity and improve freight movement statewide.

Route

Project

Preliminary Cost Estimate
(millions)

Estimated
Construction Start

Project Category

Hwy 2

Passing lanes from Cass Lake to Deer River

$8-$10

2014

Freight Improvement

I-94

Lanes from MN 101 to MN 241

$35-$46

2014

IRC Capacity Development

Hwy 34

Passing lanes from Detroit Lakes to Nevis

$11-$15

2014

Freight Improvement

Hwy 14

4‐lane Hwy 218 to Steele County Road 43 (Segment 1)

$16-$20

2014

IRC Capacity Development

Hwy 610

Freeway from County Road 81 to I-94

$103-$131

2014

Metro Capacity Development

Hwy 14

4‐lane N. Mankato to Nicollet

$20-$28

2015

IRC Capacity Development

Hwy 14

Nicollet Bypass (4 lane)

$15-$25

2015

IRC Capacity Development

I-694

Dynamic shoulder lane from Rice to Lexington

$35-$42

2015

Metro Capacity Development

Hwy 169

4‐lane from 0.66 miles southwest of County Road 15 to 0.3 miles east of County Road 7

$14-$20

2016

Freight Improvement

Hwy 23

Passing lanes from Willmar to I-90

$13-$19

2016

Freight Improvement