Midway through the 2014 road construction season, Minnesota Department of Transportation crews have completed or made significant progress on a number of projects that will help to lessen congestion, improve safety and provide a more efficient commute for motorists.
The summer of 2014 has been a busy one to date and includes such "firsts" as:
Breaking ground for the $162 million Highway 43/Winona Bridge project in Winona on July 18. The project will preserve the historic bridge while building a new river crossing to connect Minnesota and Wisconsin. It is the first time MnDOT is using the construction manager-general contractor method of delivery, an innovation that will save time, improve cost control, optimize the schedule and enhance collaboration between MnDOT and the contractor.
Other notable projects completed or underway include:
Highway 14 east of Owatonna ($8 million in 2014) - The road will be expanded from two lanes to four lanes and will wrap up in fall 2015.
Highway 52 Cannon Falls interchange at $7.6 million is on track for an opening This will remove the final traffic signal on Highway 52 between Rochester and the Twin Cities....and...
The Highway 52 and Goodhue County Road 9 interchange at $6.7 million - is on schedule to be completed this fall. It will provide a safer interchange crossing.