Road Construction Season Wraps Up on Minnesota Roads for 2017
Carol McCarthy | Nov 2, 2017 AT 5:24 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Transportation says a number of major construction projects have been completed this 2017 road construction season including the St. Croix River Crossing, Highway 53 realignment project in Virginia, Highway 169/Nine Mile Creek project, Interstate 694 and I-94 in the Twin Cities.
Commissioner Charile Zelle says it's been a significant year for road construction with large, complex projects that carry a great deal of traffic.
The $1.1 billion construction program included 211 road and bridge projects. An additional 57 projects helped improve safety at railroad crossings, and made improvements on runways and terminals at regional airports.
Locally, some of the projects included in Detroti Lakes the Highway 10 railroad bridge and resurfacing in Detroit Lakes--which is not quite finished. MN DOT expects work will be completed in November on this project to replace the eastbound Highway 10 bridge over the CP Railway line and resurface Highway 10 in concrete from Highway 59 to Summit Avenue.
Also in Detroit Lakes, the Highway 59 roundabout just south of the city. Crews constructed the roundabout at the Highway 59/Becker County Road 22 intersection this summer. The work began in late spring and was completed prior to WE Fest.
In Glyndon, a project completed involved resurfacing the traffic lanes on Highway 10 installing center left turn lanes/medians for access control.
To the north, a major project in East Grand Forks continues. Reconstruction of the Kennedy Bridge in East Grand Forks wraps up summer 2018, but crews have made significant progress this year. Along with a brand new pier, the southern half of the bridge deck is complete. When finished, the bridge will feature a new layout that maintains four lanes of traffic and adds a protected walkway that connects the Greenway Trail on each side of the river.