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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:
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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/.