MnDOT announces 2018 road construction projects

- MnDOT announced $1.1 billion will be used for 235 state road and bridge projects to be worked on across the state this year.

According to Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle, many of the projects are already underway. 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. 

Despite the large construction program this year, Zelle said the long-term transportation funding picture "remains bleak compared to the system’s needs." Last year, 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. 

Some of the projects include upgrades to Interstate 35W at I-94, particularly around the Lake Street area. MnDOT also plans to repair concrete pavement on Highway 169 in Belle Plaine and replace Elm Creek bridges on Highway 169 in Champlin.

Projects in greater Minnesota include building two new bridges on I-35 at Snake River and resurfacing seven miles of the interstate. MnDOT also plans to resurface Highway 38 and replace 41 culverts.

For a complete list of projects by highway, visit www.mndot.gov/roadwork/current.html.

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