By Aaron Brom
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Transportation MnDOT announced Thursday, Nov. 14, that 10 highway construction projects will receive funding through the state’s new $300 million Corridors of Commerce program.
Included on the list is adding a lane on Interstate 94 between Rogers and St. Michael, a long-sought after goal by the I-94 Coalition of freeway corridor cities in the northwest metro, including Maple Grove, Dayton, Rogers, St. Michael, Albertville, Monticello and others. The preliminary cost for this project is between $35 million and $46 million.
The overall Corridors of Commerce projects’ goal is to strengthen Minnesota’s transportation system by adding capacity and improving the movement of freight across the state.
“These projects will reduce travel times and improve safety for Minnesota citizens, and help our businesses transport their products more efficiently,” said Gov. Dayton. “The number of projects from all over our state, which sought financing from this program, underscores the acute need for more transportation funding.”
Transportation improvements include the addition of lanes, bypasses and shoulders to essential travel corridors in the state. The bonding authority is effective July 1, 2014, with five projects scheduled to start in 2014, three in 2015 and two in 2016. The I-94 project between Rogers and St. Michael is set for 2014.
See next week’s Monticello Times for additional coverage and city reaction to the Interstate 94 expansion funding.