Governor Mark Dayton's administration is directing $300 million into ten highway construction projects meant to break up bottlenecks and improve freight movement around the state.
Dayton and Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle announced the projects Thursday. Competition for the money was fierce, with more than 400 proposals related to 100 unique road projects presented to the Department of Transportation.
One of the projects include Highway 14, from Owatonna to Dodge Center. The estimated cost is 16 to 20-million dollars and the project is expected to begin in 2014. The goal is to make Highway 14 four lanes, border to border.
In all, two of the projects are in the Twin Cities area and the rest are in greater Minnesota, but Zelle says the Twin Cities projects are more expensive.