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Hastings,Minnesota 55033
Hastings Star Gazette
Possible delayed road projects
Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

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

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