$1.1 billion investment will improve safety, mobility for motorists

More than 300 construction projects scheduled for 2013 will do much to improve highways, bridges and other state transportation infrastructure to ensure the safety and mobility of the travelling public, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced March 27.

The 2013 construction program includes work on 87 projects in the Twin Cities and 193 projects in Greater Minnesota. An additional 57 projects statewide will improve safety at railroad crossings, repair seawalls and docks, make improvements on runways and terminals at regional airports, and improve transit centers.

Projects in Greater Minnesota include:

I-94 resurfacing between Clearwater and St. CloudHighway 78 resurfacing from Battle Lake to Perham, including reconstructing Lake Street in downtown Battle Lake to install accessible pedestrian ramps (“Complete Streets”)Highway 60 four-lane reconstruction with roundabouts in Worthington 

High-impact projects in the Twin Cities metro area include:

Interstate 694/Highway 10 interchange reconstruction in Arden HillsHighway 36 interchange at English Street construction in MaplewoodI-35/I-35E pavement, bridge and guardrail construction from Elko to Eagan. 

Because of the number of work zones motorists will encounter as crews perform road construction and maintenance work, MnDOT asks drivers to be alert on the road this summer.

MnDOT urges motorists to check www.511mn.org for up-to-date information about traffic and road conditions and expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

For a complete list of projects, including construction dates and traffic impacts, visit www.mndot.gov/construction.