A main thoroughfare in Northeast Minneapolis has reopened after being closed for much of 2014. The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced that Central Avenue reopened to traffic on Tuesday.
A Minnesota road construction company is stepping in to help improve safety on a west metro highway. Diamond Surface Inc. will donate time and resources to add rumble strips to Highway 12. In the last eight months, four people have died on a stretch of Highway 12 near Maple Plain from head-on crashes.
The city of St. Paul is starting a $2.5 million repair and resurfacing project for most of its 20 worst-rated roads. Construction on about half of the roads will start Monday and is slated to go through mid-October. Work will begin Sept. 22 on another four roads.
Charles Zelle is Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. He told WCCO Radio that managing the state’s transportation system is a bit of a conundrum. “Fifty percent of our roads are more than 50 years old,” Zelle said.
It’s Friday, so we’re answering some of the Good Questions you’ve e-mailed us this summer. Lisa from Farmington, Minn. asks: why are dog years counted seven years for every one year of human life?
Republican candidate for governor Marty Seifert says lawmakers should consider tapping the state’s rainy-day budget reserve for a road-construction infusion. Seifert said Friday that pulling from the reserve would be one option he’d use to address a backlog of road and bridge needs. He’s opposed to raising new revenue through taxes and fees.
A three-year project to add another lane to Interstate 494 in Plymouth is officially underway, following a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning. The stretch of 494 from Highway 55 to the Fish Lake Interchange is the only part of 494 that didn’t have three lanes.
Break out the orange barrels — another road construction season is around the corner in Minnesota. State Department of Transportation officials Thursday unveiled the projects they’ll tackle this year.
Warner Road in St. Paul, Minn. will be closed March 22 – 23 as construction crews continue the demolition of the southbound Highway 52 Lafayette Bridge. Warner Road will close at 7 a.m. Saturday between Sibley Street and Childs Road. The road is scheduled to reopen again by 5 p.m. Sunday, March 23, weather permitting.
Gov. 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.
Heading out this weekend? You’re going to want to double check this list of road closures and construction projects in the metro area. The following are projects that may affect travel:
Authorities are searching for the suspect who allegedly hit a highway construction worker Wednesday night in New Brighton and then fled the scene. The Minnesota State Patrol said the worker, who was sawing concrete as part of the repair project, was struck at 9:50 p.m. on the eastbound lanes of I-694, west of the ramp from the interstate to Long Lake Road.
The Highway 13 bridge over I-35W in Burnsville was supposed to be closed this weekend but it’ll now stay closed until crews can ensure its safe. That’ll put a kink in south metro traffic to begin the work week. The bridge was just having scheduled painting done, but crews noticed some damage and MnDOT decided to repair it.
With four days to go before the State Fair, it’s a mad dash for vendors. Karen Rutana, owner of Rutana Concessions, has been busy with all the final details. “Getting all of my staff ready, and getting all the tickets together – those types of things,” Rutana said.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has closed the ramp from Highway 13 to northbound Interstate 35W after damage was discovered by crews who were painting the ramp bridge. MnDOT says the closure is a precautionary measure and will allow inspectors to assess damage and determine what repairs are needed.