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Corridors of Commerce

Fostering Economic Growth with Transportation Investments

2015 project announcements

MnDOT has selected $70 million in Corridors of Commerce projects for FY 2015. Twelve projects will be funded with $25 million from the 2014 state Legislature to prepare them for future construction. The other project is the $45 million expansion of Highway 371 to four lanes from Nisswa to Jenkins. See the governor's announcement.

About the program

Highway 101 project photo

The Corridors of Commerce project on Interstate 94 between Rogers and St. Michael has begun.

Transportation 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).

2014 legislative funding

The Minnesota Legislature provided an additional $31.5 million in funding for Corridors of Commerce during the 2014 legislative session. Of that amount, $6.5 million became available in fiscal year 2014 for projects strictly in Greater Minnesota and $25 million is available in fiscal year 2015 for projects statewide. One of the primary intents of the legislation was to use the funding to prepare potential projects for future construction. Preparations can include right-of-way purchases, environmental work and design engineering.

The program's goals are to:

  • Provide additional highway capacity on interregional corridors or bottlenecks in the system.
  • Improve or preserve the movement of freight and reduce barriers to commerce.

Funds available in FY 2015

  • MnDOT invited public suggestions for additional projects.
  • MnDOT considered projects in both Corridors of Commerce categories of enhancing capacity and preserving or improving freight movement.
  • Making projects ready through environmental study, engineering or right of way purchasing was a high priority.
  • Project readiness was a less important criteria than it was in the 2013 program.
  • Right of way acquisition, environmental study and preliminary engineering were eligible costs for FY 2015 Corridors of Commerce funds.
  • See list of suggested projects.

Project awards

Funded by FY2015 legislation - $25 million (see map of projects)

Route

Project

Cost Estimate

Project Category

Hwy 14 and Hwy 15 intersection – New Ulm

Preliminary design work

$700,000

Freight Improvement

I-94 – St. Michael to Albertville

Design options for lane addition

$1.4 million

IRC Capacity Development;

Hwy 11 – Greenbush to Warroad

Design passing lanes

$500,000

Freight Improvement;

Hwy 14 – Owatonna to Dodge Center

Purchase right-of-way for expansion

$7.3 million

IRC Capacity Development

Hwy 23 – New London to Paynesville

Purchase right-of-way for expansion

$800,000

IRC Capacity Development

Hwy 34 – Detroit Lakes to Becker CR 29

Mill and overlay

$1.8 million

Freight Movement Preservation

Hwy 169 – Nine Mile Creek

Design work for bridge replacement

$1.5 million

Freight Movement Preservation

I-35W – Minnesota River crossing

Design work

$5.5 million

Freight Movement Preservation

I-35W – Northern suburbs

Design work for MnPASS system

$1.1 million

Metro Capacity Development

Hwy 65 – Central Avenue

Design work for bridge deck replacement

$1 million

Freight Movement Preservation

I-94 – between Minneapolis and St. Paul

Design work for new pavement, bridges and managed lanes

$2 million

Metro Capacity Development

Snelling Avenue – St. Paul

Provide added funding for reconstruction project

$1.4 million

Freight Improvement

Funded with previous project savings and MnDOT efficiencies -$45 million

Route

Project

Cost Estimate

Project Category

Hwy 371

Expansion to four lanes from Nisswa to Jenkins

$45 million (2016)

IRC Capacity Development

Funded by FY2014 legislation - $6.5 million

Route

Project

Cost Estimate

Project Category

Hwy 14

Purchase right of way for expansion between Dodge Center and Owatonna

$1.5 million

IRC Capacity Development

Hwy 23

Environmental work to prepare Hwy 23 for future expansion from New London to Paynesville and Paynesville to Richmond

$1.5 million

IRC Capacity Development

Hwy 34

Center left turn lane in Detroit Lakes from Hwy 59 to County Road 141

$1.9 million

Freight Improvement

Hwy 2

Reconstruct segment of roadway in Deer River

$1.6 million

Freight Improvement

Funded by FY2013 legislation

Route

Project

Construction-only cost/start date

Project Category

Hwy 2

Passing lanes from Cass Lake to Deer River

Est. $8-10 million (2014)

Freight Improvement

I-94

Lanes from MN 101 to MN 241

$28.3 million* (July 2014)

IRC Capacity Development

Hwy 34

Passing lanes from Detroit Lakes to Nevis

Est. $8-10 million* (2014)

Freight Improvement

Hwy 14

4‐lane Hwy 218 to east of Steele County Road 43

$12 million* (July 2014)

IRC Capacity Development

Hwy 610

Realign and extend highway from County Road 81 and Elm Creek Boulevard to I-94

Est. $100 million* (2014)

Metro Capacity Development

Hwy 14

4‐lane N. Mankato to Nicollet

Est. $20-28 million (2015)

IRC Capacity Development

Hwy 14

Nicollet Bypass (4 lane)

Est. $15-25 million (2015)

IRC Capacity Development

I-694

Add a third general purpose lane in each direction between Rice Street and Lexington Avenue

Est. $35-$42 million (2015)

Metro Capacity Development

Hwy 169

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

Est. $9.5 million* (2016)

Freight Improvement

Hwy 23

Passing lanes from Willmar to I-90

Est. $13-19 million (2016)

Freight Improvement

*Adjusted from original estimate

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