Minnesota Department of Transportation

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July 17, 2013

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Hwy 169/I-494 interchange nationally recognized for performance, efficiency


ST. PAUL, Minn. - The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials today presented the Minnesota Department of Transportation with the America’s Transportation Award for showing efficiency and economic responsibility while completing the Highway 169/Interstate 494 reconstruction project. MnDOT was named the winner in the “under budget” category for medium-sized projects that cost between $25 million-$200 million.


“MnDOT is honored to accept this award on behalf of the many transportation partners that contributed to this successful project,” said Charles Zelle, MnDOT Commissioner. “MnDOT’s tradition of partnership and innovation ensures Minnesota taxpayers a high rate of return on their investment.”


“The project  met more than 90 percent of motorists’ needs while saving approximately $25 million to $40 million in construction costs that MnDOT could use on other projects in the area,” said John Griffith, MnDOT's west area manager.  “The project delivered good value.”


The America’s Transportation Award “under budget” category recognizes projects that demonstrate transportation efficiency while promoting economic and fiscal responsibility. The award also recognizes a successful project brought in under budget that provided the greatest cost savings to the state while offering maximum performance.
The performance-based design rebuilt the Highway 169/I-494 interchange with six ramps instead of the traditional eight.


“Using this approach, the design removes stoplights, reduces congestion and improves safety. It also resolves issues of access and reliability for commuters, transit providers, freight haulers and commercial vehicles in the entire southwest Twin Cities Metro area,” said Griffith.


To learn more about Hwy 169/I-494 interchange, other award-winning projects and the upcoming national competition, visit http://americastransportationawards.org.

 

 

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