MnDOT Announces Over $18 Million in Grants for 7 Highway Projects

MnDOT Announces Over $18 Million in Grants for 7 Highway Projects Photo: Minnesota Department of Transportation

January 02, 2018 10:51 AM

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced over $18 million in grants for seven state highway projects, three in the Twin Cities metro area.

A release from MnDOT Tuesday announced the grants, made in partnership with the state's Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), will total $18,197,450 - all part of Minnesota's Transportation Economic Development Program.


The largest single amount is a grant of $10 million for the Highway 169/101st Avenue North interchange project in Brooklyn Park. The release states the project is expected to "enhance traffic operations, improve roadway safety and provide bicycle and pedestrian facilities for a segment of 101st Avenue North between Jefferson Highway and future Xylon Avenue."

The project is located near the Target Northern Campus, and the company has agreed to contribute a portion of the project's $37 million overall cost. DEED is contributing $1.5 million.

In all, the release states MnDOT received nine project proposal requests in the Twin Cities and six proposals from greater Minnesota.

The other grants awarded are as follows:

$5 million for the Highway 10/Highway 169 improvement project in Anoka - a project with a total cost of $82,920,000.

$1.5 million for the reconstruction of the County State Aid Highway 18 (Lyman Boulevard) and Highway 41 intersection in Chaska - a project with a total cost of $4.1 million.

$1 million to construct a roundabout at Highway 32 and County State Aid Highway 16 in Thief River Falls - a project with a total cost of $5,770,000.

$315,000 to install a turning lane and frontage road adjacent to Highway 75 near the junction with County State Aid Highway 10 in Kittson County - a project with a total cost of $450,000.

$247,000 to design and install a new traffic signal at the base of the Spirit Mountain Recreation Area, located at Grand Avenue (Highway 23) and Warwick Street, in Duluth - a project with a total cost of $354,000. The city and St. Louis County have already secured funding for the right-of-way acquisition and the construction of a new city street - to be named Kayak Bay Road. That will create a new four-way intersection at Highway 23.

$135,450 to provide a bypass lane for southbound traffic and a right-hand turn lane for northbound traffic on Highway 56, about 1.5 miles south of the intersection with Highway 14 in Dodge Center - a project with a total cost of $193,500.


Frank Rajkowski

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