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MnDOT kicks-off road construction program across Minnesota
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—The Minnesota Department of Transportation today announced a nearly $900 million transportation construction program for 2011 that will increase safety, improve mobility, expand capacity and preserve infrastructure statewide.
“Minnesota’s transportation system is a vital part of the state’s infrastructure and is essential for a strong and vibrant state economy,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “These projects will support thousands of jobs in Minnesota, from the construction workers directly working on the projects to others who work in the support industries for construction.”
This year’s 258 state highway construction projects include the Highway 169/Interstate 494 interchange in the Twin Cities and the second year of the bridge and pavement replacement on a section of I-35 in Duluth. Other projects improve safety at railroad crossings, repair seawalls and docks, make improvements on runways and terminals at regional airports, and remodel a transit facility.
“MnDOT is focused on improving our roads and bridges and maximizing the capacity of our multimodal transportation system to give the traveling public more options and improve Minnesotans’ quality of life,” said Tom Sorel, MnDOT Commissioner.
Projects in west central Minnesota include:
- Resurfacing Highway 9 from Morris to the Stevens/Pope county line and resurfacing Highway 329
- Resurfacing the westbound lanes of I-94 from Barnesville to Downer
- Resurfacing the eastbound lanes of Highway 10 from Hawley to Detroit Lakes
- Resurfacing the westbound lanes of Highway 10 from Frazee to Detroit Lakes
- Replacing three bridges and resurfacing Highway 9 from the Norman/Clay county line to Highway 10, including installation of traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 9 and Highway 10
- Constructing a roundabout on Highway 75 at Clay County Road 12 (60th Avenue South) south of Moorhead
- Resurfacing and repainting I-94 bridges over Douglas County Road 1
- Resurfacing Highway 28 from the west state line to Browns Valley
- Resurfacing Highway 27 from Herman to Hoffman
- Resurfacing Highway 29 from Wadena to Highway 210, including replacing culverts
- Resurfacing and adding a northbound lane from McKay Avenue to 3rd Avenue in Alexandria
- Resurfacing the eastbound lanes of I-94 from Rothsay to Highway 59 and resurfacing Highway 210 from I-94 to Pebble Lake Road
Projects in other areas of Minnesota include:
- Resurfacing Highway 34 from Park Rapids to Akeley, including installing turn lanes and replacing culverts.
- Replacing and repairing bridge and pavement from I-35 from Boundary Avenue to 26th Avenue East in Duluth. (Project began in 2010)
- Constructing four lanes on Highway 23 east of St. Cloud to Foley
- Converting Highway 169/I-494 to a freeway to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion in Bloomington, Eden Prairie and Edina
- Continuing to resurface I-94 between St. Paul and Minneapolis
For a complete list of projects, including construction dates and traffic impacts, visit
“We do a great deal of engineering work to make our roads safer, but it takes the cooperation of our driving public to keep our roads safe,” Sorel said. “With all of the work zones operating across the state, I encourage motorists to drive with caution and plan ahead. We want all of you to arrive safely at your destinations. Our safety vision is zero deaths on the roadways.”
During construction and road maintenance work, MnDOT urges drivers to:
- Check 511 for up-to-date information about traffic and road conditions.
- Stay alert, expect the unexpected.
- Be especially alert at night when driving through work zones.
- Never enter a road that has been blocked with barriers or cones.
- Minimize distractions.
- Don’t use cell phones.
- Remember text messaging while driving is illegal.
- Don’t eat or drink while driving.
- Avoid tailgating. Keep plenty of space between you and the vehicle ahead.
- Follow posted speed limits; fines double in work zones.
- Stay in one lane while driving through a work zone; don’t pass or change lanes unnecessarily.
- Be patient.
- Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.