Department of Transportation
A wide gulf between how Republicans, Democrats and business groups want to tackle the state’s multibillion-dollar backlog of road and bridge repairs all but guarantees that what’s been billed as the biggest fight of the 2015 legislative session will live up to the hype. House Republicans unveiled a proposal Thursday that would tap a projected budget surplus and shave spending at the Department of Transportation to fund $750 million in repairs over the next four years.
As the snow fell Friday evening, cars slipped and skidded.
Wisconsin would join five other states that impose special fees on electric and hybrid vehicles if the proposed $50 annual charge put forward by the Department of Transportation becomes law.
Minnesota has wrapped up its 2014 road construction season. The state Department of Transportation says major bridge construction, highway lane additions and road resurfacing were among the 308 projects underway during the season.
The flooding has slowed across the state and roads are beginning to reopen. The Highway 41 Bridge over the Minnesota River in Chaska, Minn. reopened Saturday. The state Department of Transportation reopened the bridge, one of the south metro’s busiest river crossings, as floodwaters receded.
Two semis and a car were involved in a fiery crash Thursday afternoon on Interstate 35 south of the metro, officials say, and no one was injured.
A motorist nearly fell into a gaping hole on a southern Minnesota road after the ground beneath it gave way. The incident was caught on dash camera, and uploaded Friday to YouTube by the Department of Transportation.
One day after the Department of Transportation refused to order GM to pull recalled vehicles off the road, the auto company has released a video showing tests they’ve done on the recalled vehicles.
State transportation officials are encouraging drivers to avoid using northbound Interstate 35E in St. Paul Tuesday evening as the pavement has buckled, creating a hazard on the roadway.
The Stillwater Lift Bridge has opened to both car and boat traffic sooner than expected, the Department of Transportation announced Wednesday. The bridge resumed its normal lift schedule at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Drivers beware: the Stillwater Lift Bridge is slated to close for a few hours at noon Wednesday.
Several times a day, cab driver Bashir Abdi takes a fare over Interstate 694 between New Brighton and Brooklyn Center. But his days are about to get much longer, and his patience much shorter.
Traffic restrictions are slated to begin Monday night on westbound Interstate-694 between East River Road and Highway 100 in Brooklyn Center, the Department of Transportation says. The restrictions were supposed to set in Sunday night, but equipment problems prompted a delay.
The fewest people died in Wisconsin traffic deaths in the month of May since the end of World War II, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Thirty-three people died in Wisconsin crashes, 17 fewer than May 2012 and 19 under the five-year average for the month of May.
Authorities said three roadways re-opened at 5 p.m. Monday after being closed due to a late winter storm.