Minnesota Department of Transportation

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June 27, 2013

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MnDOT and DEED announce $15.7 million in grants for transportation infrastructure supporting economic development, job creation

ROCHESTER, Minn. –The Minnesota Department of Transportation – in partnership with the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) – has awarded $15.7 million in grants to five state trunk highway projects that will support growing industry and businesses, and improve the transportation network for all users. The funding was awarded under the Transportation Economic Development Program (TED).

“Transportation investments support jobs, create vibrant communities and position businesses for the global economy,” said MnDOT Commissioner Charles Zelle. “MnDOT’s partnership with DEED and the business community through the TED program has seen great results in promoting economic development all across the state.”

“TED is an innovative program that recognizes highway construction projects often stimulate business growth in communities,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “This latest round of funding will generate new jobs and economic development projects in Minnesota.”

The Highway 63 and Olmsted County Road 16 interchange reconstruction and airport access improvement project was among the 5 grant recipients. This project will reconstruct an interchange at Highway 63 and Olmsted County Road 16, improving access to the Rochester International Airport and surround industrial parks. The Rochester International Airport generates $161.5 million in economic impact in the region employing more than 270 people and serving more than 320,000 commercial airline passengers per year.

MnDOT and DEED have provided nearly $70 million in grants to 29 communities through the TED program since 2011. Program criteria emphasize improvements that enhance the statewide transportation network, including all modes and all jurisdictional systems, and improvements that allow existing businesses to expand or new businesses to locate near the project area. The TED program also has leveraged more than $125 million from public and private partners who derive a direct benefit from the improvement.  

The $15.7 million provided this year will help leverage an additional $25 million in other federal, state, local, and private funding for a total construction program of $40 million. Funding for the program came from a one-time appropriation from the trunk highway fund.

MnDOT and DEED received 25 applications requesting $73 million in funding. Project selection was based on consistency with transportation plans, economic benefits, project financing and project readiness. 

“Clearly, we had a lot more interest in the program than available resources,” said Zelle.

More information about the selected projects and the TED program is available on MnDOT’s website at www.dot.state.mn.us/funding/ted.html.

Figure 1: TED Project Awards

 

Recipient

 

Project

 

TED Grant

Total Project Cost

Projected
5-year Job Estimate

Waconia

Trunk Highway 5 Improvements

$4,500,000

$11,100,000

362

Minneapolis

I-94 7th Street Off Ramp and Repurposed 5th Street Off Ramp

$6,790,000

$9,700,000

10,000

Murray County, Slayton

Schmitz Grain TH 30 Right-Turn Lane

$105,000

$220,000

6

Olmsted County, Rochester

CSAH 16 & TH 63 Interchange Reconstruction and Airport Access Improvement Project

$2,224,000

$11,519,000

150

LeSueur

TH 169 Le Sueur Hill Access and Rest Area Improvements

$2,072,571

$7,510,000

200

 

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