The Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking additional spending authority following the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis.
If a legislative panel does not give the department authority to spend more than it had planned for 2008, MnDOT officials say about $140 million in road and bridge projects around the state may be delayed so that the Minneapolis bridge reconstruction can move forward.
MnDOT district engineers have submitted a preliminary list of projects that could be delayed if funding is not available. Here are some of those projects:
Twin Cities area: Wakota Bridge construction, Interstate 494 over Mississippi River at border of Washington and Dakota counties, $50 million St. Croix River bridge crossing at Highway 36 in Stillwater, design, utility work, right-of-way acquisition, $4.2 million Noise wall construction, Interstate 694 in Oakdale, $1.47 million
Northeastern Minnesota: Mount Josephine Rest Area improvement, Highway 61, Cook County, $450,000 Sign replacement, Interstate 35, $900,000
Northwestern Minnesota: Rapid River bridge work, Highway 11, Clementson to border of Lake of the Woods and Koochiching counties, $1.3 million. Warroad River bridge rehab, Highway 11, Warroad, $190,000 Surfacing, culvert and turn lane work, Highway 200 from Highway 64 to Highway 371, north of Walker, $1.45 million Road improvements, Highway 200 from border of Hubbard and Cass counties to Highway 371 north of Walker, $380,000 Interchange work, Interstate 94 at 34th Street South, Moorhead, $428,000
North-central Minnesota: Sign replacement, Interstate 94, Highway 15 near St. Cloud to the border of Douglas and Todd counties southwest of Alexandria, $500,000
Western Minnesota: Right-of-way purchase for Highway 23 Paynesville bypass, $2.95 million Road widening and regrading, Highway 19, Marshall, $2.47 million
Source: Minnesota Department of Transportation