The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced that the agency will undertake 188 road and bridge projects statewide during the 2020 season to help maintain the state’s roads and bridges, improve safety and support construction jobs across the state. Some of the projects have already begun and others – such as the work on Hwy 5 around Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport – are proceeding ahead of schedule in light of the reduced traffic volumes in Minnesota due to statewide efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, MnDOT will work on another 66 projects to make improvements to airports, ports, transit and railroads that are outside of the state road construction program. Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher said “a safe, reliable and multimodal transportation system is essential to keeping our state running in times of crisis.” Governor Tim Walz provided an exemption for workers engaged in roadway construction, maintenance and utility projects in the Stay at Home Executive Order and workers are subject to the guidance of health officials to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
Projects in the West Central area include:
- Hwy 210 west of Fergus Falls– Reconstruct from west of I-94 to just east of the Otter Tail/Wilkin county line; resurface with concrete, widen shoulder on west end of project, construct turn/bypass lanes, truck inspection lane and install snow fence
- Hwy 28, 29, 114 Starbuck– Complete streets reconstruction in Starbuck; resurface, replace utilities, improve pedestrian accessibility and construct multi-use trail
- Hwy 28 Chokio to Morris– Resurface approximately 13 miles from Chokio to Morris; replace culverts, install snow fence near Morris; improve pedestrian accessibility in Chokio
- Hwy 55 bridge replacement– Replace bridge over the Pomme de Terre River near Barrett.