MnDOT Plans 316 Construction Projects for $1.1B in ’12

The Minnesota Department of Transportation plans more than 300 construction projects throughout the state this year, including the resurfacing of major interchanges, bridge replacement, and the improvement of airport runways.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) on Thursday outlined its 2012 plans for 316 road construction projects throughout the state, which will collectively cost $1.1 billion.

Projects in the Twin Cities include continued work on the $130.4 million replacement of the Highway 52 Lafayette Bridge in St. Paul. MnDOT expects to spend $14 million on the project this year. It will also resurface Interstate 35E between St. Paul and Forest Lake, a $22 million project on which it will spend $11 million this year. Additionally, MnDOT will continue work on the Highway 169 and I-494 interchange; that project, which began in 2010, carries a $125.3 million price tag. MnDOT plans to spend $64 million on continued work there this year.

Among the projects taking place in Greater Minnesota are the construction of an interchange on Highway 14 in North Mankato, the resurfacing of portions of Highway 10 between Clear Lake and Big Lake, and the resurfacing of 28 miles of Highway 71 in Koochiching County. MnDOT also plans to wrap up bridge and pavement replacement on a section of Interstate 35 in Duluth.

Several of MnDOT's projects take place at the state's airports; they will include runway improvements at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in Bloomington and many regional airports. Additional projects will improve safety at railroad crossings and repair seawalls and docks, MnDOT said.

MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel said in a statement that the 316 projects planned for 2012 will “aid the state's economy by supporting thousands of jobs this year.”

“The highway construction industry employs thousands and is a key partner in our efforts to deliver this program,” Sorel continued.

Additional information, including maps of the areas that will be affected by construction, can be accessed here.