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Posted on: April 4, 2018

2018 State Road Construction Projects

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MnDOT announces 2018 state road construction projects

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle today announced $1.1 billion in state road and bridge projects that will be worked on across Minnesota this year. The 253 projects, many of which are already underway, will help keep the state’s roads and bridges in good working condition, improve safety for motorists and support thousands of construction jobs across the state.

“These projects are critical investments in Minnesota’s aging transportation system,” Zelle said. “We will repave roads, repair and paint bridges, replace culverts and rehabilitate structures such as the Stillwater Lift Bridge.”

Zelle 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, Zelle said the long-term transportation funding picture remains bleak compared to the system’s needs. In 2017, Governor 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 beginning again in 2022.

2018 road and bridge construction in South Central Minnesota

This year’s construction program for the South Central Minnesota region includes:

For a complete list of projects in District 7, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects.html. Project page information includes construction schedule, traffic impacts, maps, benefits and costs.

Motorists can stay informed about projects and other transportation topics by connecting to MnDOT via social media, as well as by signing up to receive email updates at www.mndot.gov.

Watch for orange cones

Motorists may encounter lane closures or lane shifts, uneven road surfaces, equipment and other unexpected obstacles when driving near or through work zones. MnDOT advises motorists to:

  • · Check www.511mn.org for up-to-date information about traffic and road conditions
  • · Expect delays, especially during peak travel times
  • · Minimize distractions (e.g., don’t use cell phones or eat or drink while driving)
  • · Follow posted speed limits; fines are up to $300 in work zones
  • · Avoid making lane changes within work zones

About MnDOT

MnDOT oversees construction and maintenance of about 12,000 miles of roadway in Minnesota. In addition, it is responsible for:

  • · More than 4,800 bridges
  • · 135 publicly owned airports
  • · 222 miles of navigable waterways
  • · 4,445 miles of railroad tracks
  • · 3,600 miles of bike trails
  • · About 111 million transit trips per year across Minnesota

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