MnDOT announces 2018 state road construction projects

Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle today announced $1.1 billion in state road and bridge projects that will be worked on across Minnesota this year.

The 253 projects, many of which are already underway, will help keep the state’s roads and bridges in good working condition, improve safety for motorists and support thousands of construction jobs across the state.

“These projects are critical investments in Minnesota’s aging transportation system,” Zelle said. “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. These include airport, port and railroad projects that are outside of the state road construction program.

Transportation funding deficit persists 

Despite the large construction program this year, Zelle said the long-term transportation funding picture remains bleak compared to the system’s needs. In 2017, Governor 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. 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 construction

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. 

Motorists can stay informed about projects and other transportation topics by connecting to MnDOT via social media, as well as by signing up to receive email updates at mndot.gov.

Watch for orange cones

Motorists may encounter lane closures or lane shifts, uneven road surfaces, equipment and other unexpected obstacles when driving near or through work zones. MnDOT advises motorists to: 

  • Check 511mn.org for up-to-date information about traffic and road conditions 
  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times
  • Minimize distractions (e.g., don’t use cell phones or eat or drink while driving)
  • Follow posted speed limits; fines are up to $300 in work zones
  • Avoid making lane changes within work zones

About MnDOT

MnDOT oversees construction and maintenance of about 12,000 miles of roadway in Minnesota. In addition, it is responsible for:

  • More than 4,800 bridges
  • 135 publicly owned airports
  • 222 miles of navigable waterways
  • 4,445 miles of railroad tracks
  • 3,600 miles of bike trails
  • About 111 million transit trips per year across Minnesota