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News Release

March 12, 2008



Minnesota Department of Transportation
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Mail Stop 150
St. Paul, MN 55155-1899

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Mn/DOT announces local transportation stimulus projects

Fifty-three city/county projects move forward with economic stimulus funding


Mn/DOT today announced city and county road and bridge projects in Greater Minnesota that will be fast- forwarded with transportation funding from the federal economic stimulus package.


The $75 million in projects include 22 road projects, 22 bridge projects and several state and local partnership projects.


These city and county projects are in addition to the 60 state highway projects announced by Governor Pawlenty and Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel in February. Using federal stimulus funds, the state projects are slated to begin construction in Greater Minnesota as early as this spring and total $180 million. 


“Mn/DOT worked closely with our local partners to select a balanced package of projects to create jobs and improve transportation for Minnesota citizens,” said Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel. “This cooperation is important so that projects that require state and local shared funds can be staged and coordinated properly.”


The projects may be advertised by local governments and contractors selected as early as April 2009.


Partnership projects include resurfacing Interstate 90 and County Road 46 in Freeborn County. Local improvements include a new alignment of an urban four-lane roadway in Waite Park, replacement of a three-span bridge in Aitken County and construction of a new interchange and elimination of an at-grade railroad crossing near Mankato.


A list of the projects is available on Mn/DOT’s Web site at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/federalrecovery/local.html.


Projects were selected using the following criteria:


"Mn/DOT’s State Aid Office will work with local governments to ensure that Minnesota’s share of the federal stimulus funds is used efficiently and effectively on shovel-ready transportation projects around the state,” said Sorel. “We are optimistic that Minnesota will meet the required federal deadlines and we appreciate the support of our local partners and stakeholders.”


The Federal Highway Administration estimates that the Greater Minnesota state and local projects will create approximately 5,000 jobs. Projects in the Twin Cities Metro area are still being finalized and will be announced later this month.


More information is available on Mn/DOT's Federal Recovery Web site at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/federalrecovery.