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MnDOT announces state construction projects

The Minnesota Department of Transportation Thursday announced its 2012 construction program consisting of 316 projects around the state with a construction cost of $1.1 billion.

“MnDOT is focused on improving our highways and maximizing the capacity of the system,” said Tom Sorel, MnDOT Commissioner, in a news release. “Our transportation system is vital to the state’s economy and to its citizens’ quality of life. We want to ensure that it provides a safe and efficient trip for all users.”

This year’s state highway construction projects include work on the Interstate I-694/Highway 10 interchange in the Twin Cities and the final wrap-up of bridge and pavement replacement on a section of I-35 in Duluth. Other projects improve safety at railroad crossings, repair seawalls and docks and make improvements on runways and terminals at regional airports.

“This year’s program will also aid the state’s economy by supporting thousands of jobs this year,” Sorel said. “The highway construction industry employs thousands and is a key partner in our efforts to deliver this program.”

Projects this year in the Twin Cities metro area include:

• Continuing work on the Highway 52 Lafayette Bridge in St. Paul.

• Resurfacing Interstate 35E between St. Paul and Forest Lake.

• Continuing work on the Hwy 169 and I-494 interchange.

Projects in Greater Minnesota include:

• Constructing an interchange on Highway 14 in North Mankato.

• Resurfacing portions of Hwy 10 between Clear Lake and Big Lake.

• Resurfacing 28 miles of Hwy 71 in Koochiching County.

During construction and road maintenance work, MnDOT urges drivers to: check 511 for up-to-date information about traffic and road conditions; stay alert, expect the unexpected; minimize distractions; don’t use cell phones; remember text messaging while driving is illegal; don’t eat or drink while driving; follow posted speed limits; fines double in work zones; and expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

For a complete statewide list of projects, including construction dates and traffic impacts, visit

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