Projects include road repaving, bridge repair and rehabilitation, culvert replacements, and dozens of multimodal projects. (Published Apr 9, 2018)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) on April 4 announced $1.1 billion in state road and bridge projects that will be worked on across Minnesota this year. Many of the 253 projects identified are already underway.
MnDOT also announced 49 multimodal projects valued at $32 million. These include airport, port, and railroad projects that are outside of the state road construction program.
Transportation funding deficit persists Despite the large construction program this year, the long-term transportation funding picture remains bleak compared to the system’s needs. In 2017, Gov. Dayton and the Legislature provided an additional $640 million in trunk highway bonding over the next four years as well as $164 million in cash.
This additional funding will reduce Minnesota’s annual $600 million transportation funding gap by $200 million for each of the next four years. However, Minnesota’s $600 million annual funding gap will resume in 2022.
Twin Cities projects This year’s construction program features several road and bridge projects in the Twin Cities metro area, including:
Interstate 35W @ 94: Upgrade infrastructure, improve transit service on I-35 W and Lake Street, and provide better access into the Lake Street Business District.
Highway 169 Belle Plaine: Repair or replace concrete pavement, construct a reduced conflict intersection, and install cable median barrier between Jordan and Belle Plaine.
Highway 169 Champlin: Replace Elm Creek bridges, realign Highway 169 between the Mississippi River and East Hayden Lake Road, and construct a pedestrian/bicycle underpass beneath Highway 169 at West River Road.
I-35 North Metro split: Resurface six miles of interstate from just south of the I-35 split at Forest Lake to a half-mile north of Highway 8, and replace three bridges.
Greater Minnesota projects Greater Minnesota will also see a lot of construction work on roads and bridges this summer, including:
I-35 Snake River: Construct two new bridges at Snake River and resurface seven miles of I-35.
Highway 38: Resurface pavement, provide intersection improvements, and replace 41 culverts.
Highway 61 Two Harbors: Replace signals in Two Harbors, add turn lanes, resurface highway, make sidewalk and accessibility improvements, and create new entrance at Campground Road.
Highway 194 Duluth: Reconfigure lanes to eliminate current weave, rehabilitate bridges, repair concrete pavement and storm sewers, and make accessibility improvements.
Highway 72-International Bridge: Work with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to conduct a preliminary design and environmental study for the replacement of the Baudette/Rainy River International Bridge.
Highway 10 Clear Lake to Big Lake: Reconstruct 14 miles of eastbound road surface, including shoulders, and add reduced conflict intersection at County Road 23 in Becker.
Highways 28, 29, 104 in Glenwood: Resurface highways, reconstruct downtown using a Complete Streets concept, add new signal system, make accessibility improvements, and mitigate flood-prone area near Pope County Fairgrounds.