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Upcoming Construction Project To Close Parts Of Hwy. 169 For 1 Year

After a summer of frustrating road closures, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced part of Highway 169 will be closed for up to a year! A stretch of Hwy. 169 in Hopkins, Minnetonka and part of Edina will close in fall of 2016 to the fall of 2017. Lanes in both directions will be closed for the whole year.

08/19/2015

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Big Road Closures Affecting Weekend Driving

With road construction season in full swing, there are a few big closures that will affect your drive time this weekend.

08/14/2015

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Westbound I-94 Ramp To 12th Street Closure Rescheduled For Monday Evening

Motorists driving in St. Paul early Monday evening should expect delays when the westbound Interstate 94 ramp to 12th street closes at 6 p.m.

08/10/2015

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Closures Begin On Southbound I-35W Ramp To Westbound Hwy 62

Drivers in Minneapolis will have yet another road closure to deal with beginning Monday night. Westbound Highway 62 will be inaccessible from southbound Interstate 35W starting at 10 p.m. Monday.

08/10/2015

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Construction To Begin On Arlington Avenue In Duluth

Construction will begin on a two-mile stretch of Arlington Avenue in Duluth Monday. The resurfacing and overlay project spans 2.8 miles of Arlington Avenue from Trinity Road to Arrowhead Road.

08/07/2015

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More Road Closures To Affect Weekend Traffic

In case you weren’t already keeping track of enough detours around the Twin Cities, get ready to add another potential headache to the pile. Starting Friday at 10 p.m., eastbound traffic on Interstate 394 shifts into two HOV lanes so crews can do pavement work between Highway 100 in Golden Valley and Interstate 94 in Minneapolis.

07/31/2015

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More Closures On Twin Cities Highways This Weekend

There was some relief on the road Friday as westbound 394 in Minneapolis reopened after being reduced to just two lanes for weeks.

07/24/2015

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Road Construction Brings Smiles, Joy To Robbinsdale Family

There’s just no getting around it — road construction can be a real pain. But if you ask one Robbinsdale family, it is providing the highlight of their summer. Matt and Emily Barbero’s 2-and-a-half-year-old son is mesmerized by all the digging and dumping in his normally quiet neighborhood.

06/17/2015

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Highway 77 To Close In Eagan Next Week

Motorists who are intending to drive south on Highway 77/Cedar Avenue will have to use a detour starting Friday, June 5. The stretch of highway from Old Shakopee Road to Highway 13 in Eagan and Bloomington will be closed to traffic starting at 8 p.m. that day.

05/28/2015

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MnDOT: Slow Down In Construction Zones Over Memorial Day Weekend

If you’re going to be out driving over Memorial Day Weekend, the Minnesota Department of Transportation wants to remind you to slow down when you’re going through construction zones.

05/21/2015

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Major Construction Project Starts Monday In St. Paul

Start planning your detours now because a major construction project is about to begin in St. Paul that will give motorists a few headaches. Just before midnight Monday, the Snelling Avenue bridge will be closed and it’ll stay shut down through the middle of August.

05/10/2015

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Minnesota House To Vote On GOP Funding Plan For Road Fixes

The Minnesota House was going on record about how to pour billions more into road and bridge construction. A Republican-crafted proposal to direct $7 billion to projects over the next decade was slated for a vote Tuesday. As drafted, it would redirect existing taxes on auto parts, vehicle leases and car rentals to construction and borrow billions more.

04/21/2015

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MnDOT Announces 290 Road Construction Projects

If winter is over, that means it must be road construction season. The Minnesota Department of Transportation plans to spend $1 billion this season upgrading, replacing and expanding highways and bridges.

04/02/2015

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Dayton Heads Out On Transportation Roadshow

Gov. Mark Dayton is taking his pitch for new road construction money on the road. Dayton was headed Wednesday to Mankato to drum up local support for a transportation proposal he put before lawmakers.

02/18/2015

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Interview: Rep. Kurt Daudt On Legislative Priorities

The new speaker of the Minnesota House, Rep. Kurt Daudt, spoke with Esme Murphy on WCCO Sunday Morning about road construction, gas prices, education, liquor on Sundays and the Capitol construction project.

01/18/2015

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Good Question: Is MN’s Road Construction Season Year-Round?

Ever hear the saying there are two seasons in Minnesota? “Yes,” Marsha Johnston of Minneapolis said. “There’s winter and there’s road construction.” But over the past few decades there have been more road, ramp and bridge closures throughout the winter.

01/14/2015

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Dayton Pushes For Gas-Tax To Raise Money For Road Repairs

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.”

01/09/2015

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Central Avenue Reopens In NE Minneapolis

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.

12/16/2014

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Minn. Co. Donates Rumble Strips To Deadly Hwy.

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.

12/12/2014

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St. Paul To Begin Repaving 20 Worst Roads

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.

09/08/2014

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MnDOT Commissioner Breaks Down Major State Road Projects

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.

08/16/2014

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Good Questions: Dog Years, Feed Corn And Road Construction

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?

08/08/2014

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Seifert Eyes Budget Reserve For Possible Road Aid

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.

08/08/2014

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Project To Add 3rd Lane To I-494 In Plymouth Kicks Off

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.

07/23/2014

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308 Road Construction Projects Planned In 2014

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.

04/03/2014

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