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MnDOT announces 2024 state construction projects

Online travel planning tools can help motorists safely navigate work zones

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Travelers should prepare to slow down for construction work zones as road projects begin to ramp up across the state, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced today. The agency has nearly 200 road construction projects this season that will help maintain and improve Minnesota’s roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure; improve safety and mobility; and support jobs that will be worked on statewide.

The 2024 construction season includes 193 planned road and bridge projects, plus 54 projects that will improve airports, water ports, railroad crossings and transit infrastructure.

“Drivers throughout Minnesota can expect to see more work zones, more orange cones, more closed lanes, and more people working along the road wearing their high-visibility gear,” said Commissioner Nancy Daubenberger. “We need everyone on the road to work together to keep our crews, and yourselves, safe in work zones. When we all slow down and obey work zone speed limits, set aside our cell phones and other distractions, plan ahead and remain patient, we become safer together as we share the limited space inside work zones.”

More information about safe driving around construction work zones can be found here.

Significant projects this year include:

· Reconstructing Highway 220 north of East Grand Forks with pavement and culvert replacements to improve drainage and the driving surface.

· A three-year project to improve the 11th Street underpass in Moorhead will involve constructing two underpasses under BNSF rail lines, sidewalk and other improvements.

· Two new roundabouts will be constructed during a two-year complete streets project on Highways 59 and 108 in Pelican Rapids, which will also improve a shared-use path, sidewalk and city utilities.

· Replacing and repairing bridges on Interstate 494 between Edina and Richfield continues for the second year of a four-year project that also includes reconfiguring the I-35W/I-494 interchange, building a pedestrian bridge, adding E-ZPass lanes, and constructing noise walls. Other major projects in the Twin Cities Metro area include pavement improvements on I-94 between Oakdale and Lakeland and Highway 36 between Roseville and Little Canada, and the start of a three-year project to repair the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis.

· Completing bridge work on I-35 between the Twin Cities and Duluth and resurface pavement near Hinckley, and the Atkinson bridge over Carlton County Road 61 will be repaired. Roadwork will also continue on I-35 in Duluth.

· Completing the I-35 Faribault project will include ramp, bridge and pavement improvements.

· Crews will begin a three-year project to improve the I-90/Highway 52 interchange southeast of Rochester which involves replacing the I-90 bridges, constructing a new ramp/bridge over Highway 52 and other improvements.

· Resurfacing the Hwy 25 bridge over the Mississippi River in Monticello, including drainage and sidewalk updates.

Safety in work zones

Motorists should always be prepared to encounter traffic changes when approaching work zones including lane closures, lane shifts, uneven road surfaces, slow-moving heavy equipment and slow or stopped traffic. To keep everyone safe, drivers must:

Obey posted speed limits. The fine for speeding in a work zone is $300.

Drive undistracted. Avoid using cell phones, mobile devices, adjusting the radio – even eating –while in work zones.

Move over. Give workers room to safely complete their work.

Know before you go. Get real-time information about traffic and road conditions at http://www.511mn.org or get the free 511mn smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

Be patient. Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

Do the zipper merge.

Avoid making unnecessary lane changes.

Never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

2024 Minnesota road construction planning and travel tools

Travelers can use several online tools to plan ahead for construction impacts like detours and lane closures.

· Visit mndot.gov/construction for the statewide view of the 2024 construction season’s projects. The site includes interactive maps linking to more detailed construction project websites, full project lists and other information.

o Individual project pages include information about construction schedules, detours and traffic impacts, maps, benefits and project costs.

· Know before you go – visit 511mn.org or use the 511 app to get near-real-time travel information.

· Sign up for project email updates, or other specific topics.

· Follow MnDOT on social media.

http://www.mndot.gov

 

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