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Nov. 8, 2011

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Completion of several high-profile projects marks end of 2011 construction season


ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Interstate 35 Mega Project in Duluth, the Hwy 14 project between Waseca and Owatonna, and the Hwy 169/I-494 interchange in the Twin Cities Metro Area are among more than 250 state Hwy and bridge projects that were under construction in 2011.


“Crews worked hard this construction season to resurface roads, replace bridges, improve drainage systems, repair guard rail, install cable barriers and complete other vital transportation projects aimed at improving the quality of life for all Minnesotans,” said Tom Sorel, Minnesota Department of Transportation commissioner. “MnDOT appreciates motorists’ patience throughout this season as we worked to improve the safety and trafficability of Minnesota’s transportation system.”


Of this year’s 258 state Hwy and bridge projects, 128 have been completed as of Nov. 1. The remaining 130 projects will either be completed by the end of 2011 or continue into next year or longer.


The 2011 construction season was interrupted in July by a three-week government shutdown. Since the return to work on July 21, MnDOT and crews have been working hard to make up lost time on construction projects, which has been helped considerably by a dry fall.


Projects in the Twin Cities include:

 

Projects in northern and central Minnesota include:

 

Projects in southern Minnesota include:

 

For a list of recently completed projects, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/roadwork/complete.html; ongoing projects, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/roadwork/current.html; and future projects, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/roadwork/future.html.


Although the majority of 2011 construction work is coming to an end, work on several projects throughout the state will continue through the winter as weather permits.


“We ask motorists to continue to pay extra attention and follow posted speed limits when traveling through work zones,” Sorel said. “Your destination is our priority, and we need your help to ensure that you get there safely."


For statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.mndot.gov. You can also find the Minnesota Department of Transportation on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

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