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      Highway Construction Projects Receive $300 Million from State

      Posted on January 06, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      Photo content: Flickr User Doug Kerr; US Highway 10 – Minnesota

      Photo content: Flickr User Doug Kerr; US Highway 10 – Minnesota

      Minnesotans depend on their roads, bridges, and highways every day. Minnesota businesses also require access to good roads as they move goods and services to market.  Recently, Governor Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced that ten highway construction projects will receive funding through the state’s new $300 million Corridors of Commerce program. These new projects will reduce travel times and improve safety for Minnesota citizens and help businesses transport their products more efficiently.

      The Corridors of Commerce program will increase highway capacity on segments where bottlenecks occur and to improve the movement of freight and reduce barriers to commerce. Selected from more than 400 proposals, these projects will improve travel in key corridors across the state. 

      Five projects are scheduled to start in 2014, three in 2015 and two in 2016. The major areas of these improvements will be:

      • Highway 2: Passing lanes from Cass Lake to Deer River
      • I-94: Lanes from MN 101 to MN 241
      • Highway 14: 4‐lane N. Mankato to Nicollet
      • Highway 34: Between Detroit Lakes and Nevis 
      • Highway 610: Freeway from County Road 81 to I-94
      • I-694: Dynamic shoulder lane from Rice to Lexington
      • Highway 169: 4‐lane from 0.66 miles southwest of County Road 15 to 0.3 miles east of County Road 7
      • Highway 23: Passing lanes from Willmar to I-90

      For more information, please find the Map here

      However, many other good projects proposals cannot be established due to lack of funding.  Long term stable funding for transportation is essential in continuing transportation improvement.
      MnDOT commissioner Charlie Zelle is hopeful for a joint effort from state and local governments, stakeholders and user groups to address this problem. 

      Please find more information about Corridors of Commerce program at www.mndot.gov/corridorsofcommerce/.