With winter around the corner, 2018 road construction season winds down
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Road reconstruction, major bridge construction, new interchanges and road resurfacing were a big part of the 2018 construction season, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
“This has been an excellent year for our road and bridge construction work,” said MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “We made great progress on some significantly large projects, and we completed hundreds of smaller projects. All of the work has made our state roadways safer and more reliable.”
The $1.1 billion road and bridge construction program in 2018 included 253 projects. An additional 49 projects, valued at $32 million, helped improve safety at railroad crossings, and made improvements on runways and terminals at regional airports.
Construction highlights by region include:
- I-35W@94 Minneapolis – Rebuilt the Franklin Avenue and 38th Street bridges and reconstructed the ramp from I-94 west to 11th Street as part of this four-and-a-half year project reconstructing 2.5 miles of I-35W near downtown Minneapolis. In addition, the 26th Street bridge will reopen in November and three lanes of I-94 west between Chicago Avenue and Nicollet Avenue have new concrete.
- Highway 149/Smith Avenue High Bridge, St. Paul – Anticipate reopening bridge in December as crews put the finishing touches on the bridge portion of the larger Highway 149 project, which includes reconstructing the bridge deck.
- Highway 169, Champlin – Replaced two deteriorating bridges, realigned and resurfaced the road, along with making other repairs and safety improvements.
- Highway 169, Belle Plaine, Jordan – Resurfaced 13 miles of the road between Highway 19 and Highway 282, constructed a reduced conflict intersection at Highway 59 in Jordan, and installed cable median barrier.
- I-35W/I-35E North Metro Split – Continued work on this six-mile project in Chisago and Washington counties, which is expected to go through 2019. The project includes resurfacing from the split to Highway 8; replacing the Highway 97 bridge with a diverging diamond interchange; replacing the northbound I-35W bridge over I-35E and the westbound Highway 8 bridge over I-35.
- Highway 1 Eagles Nest Lake area near Ely – Reconstructed 5.7 miles of highway, straightened the alignment and flattened hills. Project was completed in July.
- Highway 2 and Bingo Palace Road/Cass County Road 75, Cass Lake – Reconstructed Highway 2 intersection with County Road 75/Bingo Palace Road as a reduced conflict intersection. Project was completed in June.
- Highway 2 Kennedy Bridge in East Grand Forks – Built a new pier and replaced the bridge deck. When finished this fall, the bridge will feature a new layout that maintains four lanes of traffic and adds a protected walkway connecting the Greenway Trail on each side of the river.
- Highway 11 and Highway 72, Baudette/Rainy River International bridge replacement – Worked on the $39.3 million project to replace the Baudette/Rainy River International bridge. New bridge is expected to be open for traffic in 2020, and then the old bridge will be torn down.
- I-35, Pine County – Resurfaced seven miles of pavement and replaced two bridges, with plans to replace two more bridges in 2019.
- Highway 38 north of Grand Rapids – Resurfaced 14.3 miles of pavement, installed 41 new culverts and improved drainage.
- Highway 46, Deer River – Reclaimed/resurfaced 10 miles of pavement, replaced four centerline culverts and constructed turn lanes. Project was completed in mid-August.
- Highway 71, Park Rapids – Completed a 20-mile resurfacing project on Highway 71, from Park Rapids to Itasca State Park.
- Highway 75, Crookston Bypass – Made bridge and concrete repairs, reconstructed shoulders and replaced pavement.
- I-94 from Highway 79 to Highway 114 near Brandon – Wrapped up the two-year project that included resurfacing both directions of I-94 between Highway 79 and Highway 114, and replacing the decks on the Highway 79 and Highway 114 bridges.
- I-94, Lake Latoka near Alexandria – Re-opened westbound bridge. Work completed this year was part of an overall project that includes replacing both bridges over Lake Latoka. The eastbound bridge is scheduled for replacement in 2019.
- Highway 28, Highway 29 and Highway 104, Glenwood – Resurfaced and reconstructed Highways 28, 29 and 104 in Glenwood to address pavement concerns, pedestrian accessibility requirements, traffic flow, utility needs and boulevard improvements.
- Highway 59, Detroit Lakes to Becker County Line – Completed resurfacing project on Highway 59 from Willow Street to south of the Otter Tail/Becker County Line. The project included grinding down the roundabout to meet current design standards.
- Highway 78, Battle Lake to I-94 – Resurfaced 22 miles of Highway 78 from Battle Lake to south of the I-94 interchange. Replaced 10 centerline culverts between Battle Lake and Ashby, and constructed three new right-turn lanes.
- Highway 106, Deer Creek to Highway 10 – Completed the seven-mile construction project on Highway 106 near New York Mills and Deer Creek in mid-October, including using cold-in-place pavement recycling, shoulder widening, and turn lane installation at County Road 52. Crews also replaced sidewalks and corner pedestrian ramps in Deer Creek to improve pedestrian accessibility.
- Highway 10, Elk River – Completed the two-year project that removed and constructed two bridges spanning Lake Orono, reconstructed portions of Highway 10, upgraded a signal system and intersection, and installed a multiuse trail that will enable pedestrians to safely cross Lake Orono and access a popular city park, the Elk River YMCA and local businesses.
- Highway 10, Clear Lake to Big Lake – Reconstructed 14 miles of eastbound Highway 10 between Clear Lake and Big Lake. The project also is installing a new Reduced Conflict Intersection at Highway 10/Highway 23 in Becker, and has replaced aging underground pipes and made other improvements. After the project is completed, all of Highway 10 between Elk River and St. Cloud will have been resurfaced in the past eight years.
- Business Hwy 371/S Sixth St, Brainerd – Redesigned and reconstructed roadway to include a smoother road surface, updated underground city utilities, new pedestrian sidewalks and approaches, and updated signal systems and road signs. Project wrapped up Oct. 31 with a Community Ribbon-Cutting celebration hosted by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce.
- Highway 19 and Highway 71, Redwood Falls – Constructed a two-way left-turn lane, added a new signal system, replaced two signal systems and made many ADA improvements. Anticipated completion is mid-November.
- Highway 71 North, Kandiyohi County – Resurfaced nine miles of Highway 71 from Highway 23 in Willmar to north of Highway 9 in New London. In addition, installed six left-turn lanes, a right-turn lane and a bypass lane, as well as a pedestrian underpass as part of a DNR trail extension from New London to Sibley State Park.
- Highway 212, Montevideo to Granite Falls – Resurfaced Highway 212, replaced a culvert and the lining of existing culverts.
- Highway 4 in St. James – Reconstructed 1.6 miles of Highway 4, including adding two new mini-roundabouts and back-in diagonal parking in the downtown area. Completed finishing work and tree planting this fall, with a celebration planned for November.
- Highway 14/15 in New Ulm (New Ulm Gateway) – Completed several blocks in the town of New Ulm and a bridge replacement over Front Street with a roundabout. This winter crews will work on the Minnesota River Bridge and the bridge for the new interchange at Highway 14 and Highway 15. Expected completion is fall 2019.
- Highway 14 and I-35 bridges near Owatonna – Replaced 12 bridges south of Owatonna in two years. Highway 14 westbound lanes are open to traffic and traffic should return to regular lanes on I-35 in early November.
- Highway 22, Mankato to Mapleton – Reconstructed Highway 22, replaced a bridge and built a roundabout at Blue Earth County Road 29. Began the Highway 22 Victory Memorial Drive landscaping portion of the project, which will continue with plantings in 2019.
- I-35 southbound, Faribault – Repaved four miles of southbound I-35, repaved the Highway 21 exit ramp and extended the deceleration from I-35 southbound to Highway 21.
- Highway 43, Winona Bridge – Worked to replace the deck, reinforce the trusses and replace the approach spans on the historic Winona Bridge. Work is expected to be completed in summer 2019.
- Highway 52 – Completed two paving projects from south of Preston to north of Harmony, and from Highway 63 in Rochester to I-90. The Rochester portion also included installing cable median barrier.
- Highway 60, Windom to Mountain Lake – Anticipate completing the last gap in the Highway 60 four-lane expansion from Sioux Falls to Mankato by early December.
- Highway 63 – Completed two paving projects, from Rochester to Zumbro Falls and from Zumbro Falls to south of Lake City. Both projects included culvert replacement work that required detours.
- Highway 63, Red Wing Bridge – Built piers and approach spans on the Wisconsin side. Traffic opened on the Highway 63 buttonhook ramp on the Minnesota side that connects to a new signal intersection with Highway 61. Crews are building the river pier and a pier on the Minnesota side, with the bridge expected to open to traffic in fall 2019.