(Learfield News Service/St. Paul, MN) The Minnesota Department of Transportation has kicked off the road construction season by announcing more than 200 road and bridge construction projects in 2017 with a price-tag of about $1 billion.
Highlights include the completion of the St. Croix River Crossing between Stillwater and Wisconsin and the relocation of Highway 53 in Virginia, Minnesota–which will include construction of what will be the state’s tallest bridge.
MnDOT’s Kevin Gutknecht says that’s a good start, but it’s essential that lawmakers come to an agreement this session on long-term transportation funding.
Transportation Commissioner Charles Zelle says the state’s transportation system is “a key to Minnesota’s economic success. And he says “with more than half of state roads older than 50 years, and 40-percent of bridges more than 40 years old, the need is outpacing available resources.” He’s calling on lawmakers to work together to find a long-term funding solution this session to prevent the state transportation system from degrading further.
Officials are warning motorists to expect delays, watch out for construction workers and follow posted speed limits in work zones.
Click here for list of the 2017 road construction projects.