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June 26, 2013

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MnDOT announces $30 million in grants to improve quality of life, economic competitiveness

ROCHESTER, Minn. – As part of the Corridor Investment Management Strategy, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has awarded $30 million in grants to 10 highway projects that will improve quality of life, economic competitiveness and environmental health.

”These grants will help preserve our high quality of life and leave a legacy of a more competitive economy and healthier environment for generations to come,” said MnDOT Commissioner Charles Zelle.

The Highway 52 and County Road 9 interchange project in Goodhue County was among the 10 grant recipients. This project will construct a quadrant interchange at the intersection of
Highway 52 and Goodhue County Road 9. The interchange will address a critical safety issue and ensure agricultural equipment crossings. The revised design has fewer environmental impacts than a traditional diamond interchange design and will require less right of way acquisition.

The Highway 61 Main Street downtown improvements project in Red Wing was also among the 10 grant recipients. This project will make multiple improvements to Main Street/Highway 61 in downtown Red Wing, including sewer, utility and pavement reconstruction and replacement; improved sidewalks and ramps; new and extended raised center medians; improved pedestrian crossings; upgraded signals and lighting; access management and streetscaping improvements. This Complete Streets project will improve accessibility and safety, support active transportation, economic redevelopment and tourism, and reduce the highway’s environmental impacts.

Through CIMS, MnDOT emphasizes building and maintaining a sustainable transportation system through solutions that ensure a high return-on-investment and complement Minnesota’s unique social, natural and economic features.

MnDOT was aided in the selection process by a state agency advisory group including the departments of Health, Public Safety, Natural Resources, Commerce, Education, Employment and Economic Development, as well as Explore Minnesota Tourism and the Pollution Control Agency.

The $30 million will help leverage an additional $65 million in other federal, state and local funding for a total construction program of almost $100 million. Funding for the program came from a one-time appropriation from the trunk highway account.

MnDOT received 45 applications requesting more than $100 million in funding. Scoring was based on analysis of social, environmental and economic benefits of each project. 

“There are far more worthy projects than there is money to go around,” Zelle said. “To achieve the future transportation vision and to maintain and operate the current system, Minnesotans must spend more today than we have in the past.”

In addition to the 10 projects selected for CIMS grants, two other Twin Cities area projects that applied to the CIMS program received grants through the joint MnDOT and DEED Transportation Economic Development program. Projects could apply to both programs, but were only eligible to receive funding from one.

More information about the selected projects and the CIMS program is available on MnDOT’s website at www.mndot.gov/cims.

Figure 1: Project Awards



CIMS Grant

Total Project Cost

Year of Construction

West St. Paul

Robert Street Improvements




Anoka County

US 10 and Armstrong Blvd Interchange and Rail grade Separation




Red Wing

Main Street US 61 Downtown Improvements




Goodhue County

US 52 and County Road 9 Interchange





Highway 71 Complete Streets Improvements





MN 23 & Saratoga Street Reduced Conflict Intersection and Pedestrian Crossing





US 10/US 75 Improvements





MN 25 Improvements





MN 25 and County Road 75 intersection improvements





Multimodal improvements to MN 23





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