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Less driving means fewer funds to fix Minnesota's roads


April 27, 2020

Brian Peterson – Star Tribune

Crews are continuing work on various MnDOT projects, including the Hwy. 5 improvements around the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, which are ahead of schedule.

The tax and fee dollars that pay for state road repairs are expected to plummet as Minnesotans dramatically cut their driving time and buy fewer cars amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation estimates it will take in $440 million less than anticipated over this year and next. Despite the losses, transportation officials say road projects are moving forward as anticipated this year - but it's too soon to tell what the long-term impacts will be.


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