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Feb 6, 2020

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MnDOT seeks federal infrastructure investment funding for three projects

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation will seek funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America discretionary grant program to help advance three high-priority infrastructure projects that will improve safety and economic vitality.

“Fixing Minnesota’s transportation is about more than filling potholes and maintaining asphalt—it’s about helping kids get to school safely, getting parents home faster, and making sure local businesses can thrive,” said Governor Tim Walz. “These grants would secure federal funding to address critical projects across the state and keep our infrastructure working for all Minnesotans.”

“Transportation funding today is not keeping pace with the growing needs of our state’s aging roads and bridges,” said MnDOT Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher. “These grants offer an opportunity to kick-start much-needed projects while leveraging limited state and local dollars.”  

MnDOT is submitting grant applications for two projects in Greater Minnesota and one in the Twin Cities area:

  • US Highway 14 Four-Lane Expansion Grant request: $50 million to help fund the estimated $90.5 million project that will expand Highway 14 to four lanes from New Ulm to Nicollet. The project is currently unfunded. MnDOT and local partners will fund the difference as well as seek additional dollars from other federal sources to construct the project.
  • Highway 10 Rum River Bridge Replacement and Corridor Improvements – Grant request: $15 million to help fund the estimated $68 million project, which will replace the bridge over the Rum River and improve the Ferry Street (Highway 47/Highway 169) interchange at Highway 10.
  • Interstate 90/US 52 Interchange Reconstruction – Grant request: $13.4 million to help fund the estimated $25 million project, which will replace and reconstruct multiple ramps and bridges at the interchange to improve mobility and safety. The interchange, with at-grade left turns, ramps with sharp curves and bridges with a substandard height, currently does not meet the region’s needs. The project is scheduled for 2024 construction.

The INFRA program nationally is expected to award more than $900 million to major projects that will improve transportation infrastructure, economic productivity and quality of life.