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April 20, 2009



Minnesota Department of Transportation
501 S. Victory Drive
Mankato, MN 56001

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Construction begins on new state transportation building


MANKATO, Minn. - Construction will begin in early May on the combined Minnesota Department of Transportation, State Patrol and Driver and Vehicle Services building in Mankato just east of Lowe’s on Bassett Drive.

Site work, which began last year, is near completion. Motorists should be aware of heavy truck traffic for the next several weeks as material hauling is underway.

Donlar Construction of the Twin Cities was awarded the building contract with a bid of $20,669,300.

The new 163,000 square foot facility, which should be complete by fall 2010, includes space for:
● Mn/DOT offices for planning, design, land management, traffic, construction and maintenance
● Radio shops, vehicle support, inventory center and storage spaces
● Material testing laboratory
● Vehicle wash bay (shared with city of Mankato)
● State Patrol offices and radio dispatching
● Driver & Vehicle Services offices for license applications and testing

The building plans were recently updated to include the new green energy provisions with geothermal heating and cooling technology.

The facility is the central support for Mn/DOT's District 7 which encompasses 1,345 miles of state and federal highways, 146 miles of interstate roadways, 465 bridges, and 13 counties state aid system roadways, 10 safety rest areas and 20 truck stations located throughout the district and management of approximately 20,000 acres of land.

State Patrol District 2200 serves 10 counties in south-central Minnesota. The new facility includes a new Transportation Operations Communications Center (TOCC), which will allow coordinated dispatching and incident management throughout southern Minnesota. The TOCC will serve Mn/DOT, the State Patrol and Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers.





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