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News Release

April 8, 2009



Minnesota Department of Transportation
Office of Communications
395 John Ireland Blvd.
Mail Stop 150
St. Paul, MN 55155-1899

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Mn/DOT kicks off 2009 construction season


ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation today unveiled its 2009 construction program of 223 state highway and bridge projects with a combined construction cost of $1.4 billion.

“Over the last six years we’ve moved forward with more highway construction than in any other comparable period in Minnesota’s history,” Governor Tim Pawlenty said. “People sometimes say Minnesota has two seasons – winter and road construction. This past winter was pretty intense and this upcoming construction season will be, too. Our aim is to move people and goods faster, better and safer throughout Minnesota.”

Some of the 51 projects in the Twin Cities

Projects in northern and central Minnesota

Projects in southern Minnesota

Of the 172 Greater Minnesota projects, 63 are funded with federal stimulus dollars and were previously announced by Governor Pawlenty and Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel in February.


“Mn/DOT is committed to mobilizing our workers, our contractors and our partners to ensure that Minnesota's transportation dollars are spent efficiently and effectively,” said Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel. “In addition to road and bridge projects, we will increase maintenance on state roads to improve existing highway infrastructure.”

For a complete list of projects, including construction dates and traffic impacts, visit the Web site at www.mndot.gov. For information on transportation and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/federalrecovery.


Sorel said that while the prospects of infrastructure improvements and job creation are exciting, the driving public should be cautious on the roadways during this busy time.


"We ask motorists to pay attention and follow the posted speeds, as work zones will be a common sight on our highways this season,” said Sorel.


During construction and road maintenance project work, Mn/DOT and the Minnesota State Patrol urge drivers to:



As construction season progresses, call 511 or log on to www.511mn.org for the latest statewide road and traffic conditions.




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