Minn. announces $1.1B in road and bridge projects for 2018

Updated Apr 10, 2018

Wisconsin Road Construction Funding

Minnesota transportation officials have announced a total of $1.1 billion in state road and bridge projects throughout the state this year.

Many of the 253 projects are already underway, supporting thousands of construction jobs, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

“These projects are critical investments in Minnesota’s aging transportation system,” says Charlie Zelle, Minnesota transportation commissioner. “We will repave roads, repair and paint bridges, replace culverts and rehabilitate structures such as the Stillwater Lift Bridge.”

Zelle also announced 49 multimodal projects valued at $32 million. They include airport, port and railroad projects that are separate from the state road construction program.

Minnesota’s transportation funding deficit continues

Despite the large construction program this year, Zelle says the long-term transportation funding picture remains “bleak compared to the system’s needs.”

“In 2017, Governor Mark Dayton and the Legislature provided an additional $640 million in trunk highway bonding over the next four years as well as $164 million in cash,” a press release says. “This additional funding will reduce Minnesota’s annual $600 million transportation funding gap by $200 million for each of the next four years. However, Minnesota’s $600 million annual funding gap will resume beginning again in 2022.”

2018 road and bridge projects in the Twin Cities metro area

This year’s construction program features a number of projects in the Twin Cities metro area, including:

  • Interstate 35W@94 – Upgrade infrastructure, improve transit service on I-35W and Lake Street, and provide better access into the Lake Street Business District.
  • Highway 169 Belle Plaine – Repair or replace concrete pavement, construct a Reduced Conflict Intersection and install cable median barrier between Jordan and Belle Plaine
  • Highway 169 Champlin – Replace Elm Creek bridges, realign Highway 169 between the Mississippi River and East Hayden Lake Road, and construct a pedestrian/bicycle underpass beneath Highway 169 at West River Road
  • I-35 North Metro split – Resurface six miles of interstate from just south of the I-35 split at Forest Lake to a half mile north of Highway 8 and replace three bridges

For a complete list of projects by highway, visit mndot.gov/roadwork/current.html. Project page information includes construction schedule, traffic impacts, maps, benefits and costs.