MnDOT announces 2024 state construction projects

MnDOT announces 2024 state construction projects

Online travel planning tools can help motorists safely navigate work zones

ST. PAUL, Minn.– Travelers should prepare to slow down for construction work zones as road projects begin to ramp up across the state, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced today. The agency has nearly 200 road construction projects this season that will help maintain and improve Minnesota’s roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure; improve safety and mobility; and support jobs that will be worked on statewide.

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The 2024 construction season includes 193 planned road and bridge projects, plus 54 projects that will improve airports, water ports, railroad crossings and transit infrastructure.

“Drivers throughout Minnesota can expect to see more work zones, more orange cones, more closed lanes, and more people working along the road wearing their high-visibility gear,” said Commissioner Nancy Daubenberger.  “We need everyone on the road to work together to keep our crews, and yourselves, safe in work zones. When we all slow down and obey work zone speed limits, set aside our cell phones and other distractions, plan ahead and remain patient, we become safer together as we share the limited space inside work zones.”

More information about safe driving around construction work zones can be found here.

Significant projects this year include:

South Central Minnesota:

  • First year of a three-year project to reconstruct and raise Highway 93 approximately eight feet from Henderson to Highway 169, putting it one foot above historic high-water events; replace a bridge, and construct an additional overflow bridge.
  • Entering the final year of construction on Interstate 90 from Blue Earth to Highway 169 south of Wells including resurfacing, repairing bridges and culverts, lighting, reestablishing golden panels on eastbound and westbound lanes, and replacing pavement at two rest areas.
  • Resurfacing Highway 4 from Sherburn to St. James and St. James to Sleepy Eye including bridge replacements, bridge repairs, and drainage improvements.
  • Visit mndot.gov/d7/construction to view the 2024 construction projects in South Central Minnesota.

Statewide:

Safety in work zones

Motorists should always be prepared to encounter traffic changes when approaching work zones including lane closures, lane shifts, uneven road surfaces, slow-moving heavy equipment and slow or stopped traffic. To keep everyone safe, drivers must: 

  • Obey posted speed limits. The fine for speeding in a work zone is $300.
  • Drive undistracted. Avoid using cell phones, mobile devices, adjusting the radio – even eating –while in work zones.
  • Move over. Give workers room to safely complete their work.
  • Know before you go. Get real-time information about traffic and road conditions at www.511mn.org or get the free 511mn smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.
  • Be patient. Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
  • Do the zipper merge.
  • Avoid making unnecessary lane changes.
  • Never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

2024 Minnesota road construction planning and travel tools

Travelers can use several online tools to plan ahead for construction impacts like detours and lane closures.

  • Visit mndot.gov/construction for the statewide view of the 2024 construction season’s projects. The site includes interactive maps linking to more detailed construction project websites, full project lists and other information.

o   Individual project pages include information about construction schedules, detours and traffic impacts, maps, benefits and project costs.

 

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