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Governor Dayton Announces $70 Million Investment in 13 New Corridors of Commerce Transportation Projects

10/7/2014 10:14:43 AM

Governor Dayton announces Corridors of Commerce transportation projects

Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the acceleration of 13 more transportation projects in addition to the 14 prior to date. In 2014, Governor Dayton and the Legislature invested in the Corridors of Commerce initiative, which will be funding twelve of these plans. The final project - the expansion of Highway 371 to four lanes from Nisswa to Jenkins - was funded in part by $45 million in cost savings at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). 

"These projects will reduce travel times, improve safety for Minnesota citizens, and help our businesses transport their products more efficiently," said Governor Dayton, who working with the Legislature in 2013 and 2014 invested over $331 million in the new Corridors of Commerce initiative. "The number of projects from all over our state, which sought financing from this program, underscores the acute need for more transportation funding."

State savings through efficiencies will accelerate the Highway 371 expansion project by two years, which means that MnDOT will begin construction in 2016, two years earlier than planned. This was made possible with funding from new investments in the Corridors of Commerce initiative, as well as the cost savings. Altogether, 27 transportation projects have received Corridors of Commerce funding since November 2013.

"We have worked very hard to be efficient and effective in determining where the money will serve Minnesota best," said MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle. "The $25 million will help advance selected projects to ensure they can be completed when additional funding becomes available. And the Highway 371 project will provide better roads for businesses in that corridor as well as for the many Minnesotans who travel to that area for recreation. Through our cost savings and efficiencies work, we are able to move that project ahead by two years."

Governor Dayton is optimistic that these projects will strengthen the state's transportation system by adding capacity and improving the movement of freight across Minnesota. The following is a list of projects that received the latest round of Corridors of Commerce funding today:

Greater Minnesota Projects

Hwy 14 and Hwy 15 intersection - New Ulm
Preliminary design work
I94 - St. Michael to Albertville
Design options for mobility
$1.4 million
Hwy 11 - Greenbush to Warroad
Design passing lanes
Hwy 14 - Owatonna to Dodge Center
Purchase right of way for expansion
$7.3 million
Hwy 23 - New London to Paynesville
Purchase right of way for expansion
Hwy 34 - Detroit Lakes to Becker CR 29
Mill and overlay
$1.8 million
Hwy 371 - Nisswa to Jenkins
Expand to four lanes
$45 million

Twin Cities Metro Projects

Hwy 169 - Nine Mile Creek Design work for bridge replacement
$1.5 million
I-35W - Minnesota River crossing
Design work
$5.5 million
I-35W - Northern suburbs
Design work for MnPASS system
$1.1 million
Hwy 65 - Central Avenue
Design work for bridge deck replacement
$1 million
I-94 between Minneapolis and St. Paul
Design work for new pavement, bridges and managed lanes
$2 million
Snelling Avenue - St. Paul
Provide added funding for reconstruction project
$1.4 million

/governor/assets/2014_10_07_corridors_of_commerce_projects_tcm1055-114236.pdfFor more details of the plans, click here. /governor/assets/2014_10_07_corridors_of_commerce_tcm1055-114237.pdfFor a comprehensive map of the above projects, click here.



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