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News Release
April 6, 2010




Minnesota Department of Transportation
1000 Hwy 10 West
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501


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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:


Projects in other areas of Minnesota include:


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:


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