Gov. Mark Dayton blasted the new Republican Majority in the Minnesota House Friday for what he calls a “phony” transportation plan. Republicans yesterday unveiled a “no new taxes” plan to fix roads and bridges, but Dayton called it “fantasy.”
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.
Many Minnesotans will likely be heading to the cabin or lake this weekend. And as they drive, the speed limit will be 55 mph in some areas, 65 mph and maybe even 70 in others. Kevin Gutknecht is the communications director for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
From side streets to major highways, it was slow going throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota no matter where you were headed on Friday. Many drivers struggled even getting onto the roads as they had to dig their cars out of the snow that fell overnight.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reopening some major roadways closed earlier because of blowing and drifting snow. Interstate 90 west of Albert Lea reopened Monday morning after snowplows cleared the lanes and winds subsided.
Despite an army of plows out trying to clear the way, drivers found themselves crawling home during the evening rush. During Wednesday afternoon rush hour, commuters found a sea of tail lights no matter what route they tried to take home.
In some ways, computers make ideal drivers: They don’t drink and then climb behind the wheel.
Traveling across parts of Minnesota just got a little faster. The Department of Transportation raised the speed limit from 55 to 60 Tuesday on 730-miles of road around the state.
A proposal to increase Wisconsin’s speed limit to 70 mph may race through the state Assembly, but it appears to be headed for a speed bump or two in the Senate and with Gov. Scott Walker.
It appears we are right smack dab in the middle of our least favorite season in Minnesota — construction. As such, a number of road construction projects will tangle up traffic through the weekend.
Senator Amy Klobuchar met Monday in Minneapolis with the newly confirmed U.S. Transportation secretary Anthony Foxx. They met to discuss Minnesota’s transportation needs and investing federal money into new light rail and state highway projects. “A strong transportation system insures that a working mom can spend less time in traffic and more time with her kids,” Foxx said.
Starting Monday, there will be new messages on those electronic signs above the highways. You’ve seen those digital signs warning motorists about stepped up enforcement of laws on drunk driving and speeding, but MnDOT felt the messages weren’t sinking in.
Metro area motorists should get ready for some major delays getting to, or from, downtown Minneapolis this weekend, from any direction. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will shut down sections of Interstates 35W and 94 for bridge work and other maintenance.
Despite Minnesota’s snowy and icy winters, the State’s highways have been ranked as the No. 2 safest in the nation.
Labor Day weekend is already proving to be deadly on Minnesota roadways.