Local Projects Part of Billion Dollar Construction Plans
The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced its 2010 construction program for 283 projects around the state, costing $1.3 billion. The plans include a handful of local projects. On the list is $4.2 million in funding for pavement resurfacing on Highway 70 between Highway 107 and Highway 361.
According to the DOT’s website, construction is scheduled to start between July and October.
Robert Ege with the Minnesota Department of Transportation talked to Red Rock Radio last week about the project.
Of this year’s 283 projects, 217 are state highway construction projects including the Highway 169/Interstate 494 interchange in the Twin Cities and bridge and pavement replacement on a section of I-35 in Duluth. The other 66 projects improve safety at railroad crossings, repair seawalls and docks in three ports, make improvements on runways and terminals at regional airports, and remodel or construct new transit facilities.
“Minnesota’s transportation system is a cornerstone to a strong and vibrant state economy,” Governor Pawlenty said. “Our administration has invested more than $5 billion on more than 1,900 projects since 2003 to battle congestion, improve safety, and foster economic growth.”
Also on the DOT’s list of projects is $2.8 million for pavement resurfacing on Highway 123 between Sandstone and Askov which is scheduled to start in July. There is $1.5 million to seal cracks for preventative maintenance on I-35 in Pine County and $1.5 million for Bridge Replacement at the I-35 junction at Highway 23 near Hinckley.
A $6.5 million project is scheduled to begin between July and October for resurfacing the road on Highway 65 north of Mora to Highway 27. Plans are also in place to install shoulder rumble strips and pavement markings on Highway 23 in Foley to Highway 65 in Mora for $115,000. This project may result in some lane closures when it begins in May.
In Isanti County, there are plans for a $3.6 million project to resurface roads and install traffic signals and improvements for accessibility on Highway 95 from Davis Street to Isanti County Highway 2 in Cambridge.
To see a complete list of projects, click here.