ST PAUL, Minn. - The good news is that 300 projects are set to unfold across Minnesota during the 2013 MnDOT construction season to improve the state's highways, bridges and transportation infrastructure.
The bad news? That likely means 300 opportunities to aggravate motorists, a living, breathing test of the "no pain, no gain" philosophy.
"The $1.1 billion that we are investing in our state transportation system this year will increase regional connections throughout the state, as well as support jobs and community-building that make Minnesota a great place to live and do business," said Charlie Zelle, MnDOT Commissioner.
"The transportation infrastructure is a key component to our state's economy. This work helps ensure that motorists can continue to get to work, to recreation and that goods and services can get to us."
MnDOT's 2013 construction program includes work on 87 projects in the Twin Cities and 193 projects in Greater Minnesota. An additional 57 projects statewide will improve safety at railroad crossings, repair seawalls and docks, make improvements on runways and terminals at regional airports, and improve transit centers.
The list of high-impact projects that will unfold across the Twin Cities metro area include:
- Interstate 694/Highway 10 interchange reconstruction in Arden Hills
- Highway 36 interchange at English Street construction in Maplewood
- I-35/I-35E pavement, bridge and guardrail construction from Elko to Eagan
Projects scheduled for Greater Minnesota include:
- I-94 resurfacing between Clearwater and St. Cloud
- Highway 78 resurfacing from Battle Lake to Perham, including reconstructing Lake Street in downtown Battle Lake to install accessible pedestrian ramps ("Complete Streets")
- Highway 60 four-lane reconstruction with roundabouts in Worthington
"This work helps maintain a strong transportation system," Zelle said. "We know from a lot of study that the need for road construction is growing. As a state, we need to begin to work on solutions that will allow us to continue this level of work into the future."
Because of the number of work zones motorists will encounter, MnDOT asks drivers to be alert on the road this summer.
- Check www.511mn.org for up-to-date information about traffic and road conditions.
- Minimize distractions (e.g., don't use cell phones or eat or drink while driving)
- Follow posted speed limits; fines double in work zones.
- Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
"We understand that some of these construction projects may temporarily add time to your commutes, and we appreciate your cooperation in keeping yourselves-and our crews-safe," Zelle said.
For a complete list of projects, including construction dates and traffic impacts, visit the MnDOT website.
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