ST. PAUL, Minn. – More than 230 construction projects that will help maintain Minnesota’s roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure; improve safety and mobility; and support jobs will be worked on across the state this year, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced today.
The planned 2022 construction projects include 184 road and bridge projects, plus 51 multimodal projects that will improve airports, water ports and transit infrastructure.
“Minnesotans will soon see work zones popping up throughout the state,” said MnDOT Interim Commissioner Nancy Daubenberger. “Each of these projects represents an investment in a more efficient and reliable transportation system for all people. As always, safety is MnDOT’s top priority – so we urge motorists to pay attention to signage in work zones, slow down, and put away distractions behind the wheel. Everyone, including our hardworking road and construction workers, deserves to get home safely.”
The 2022 state construction program remains largely unchanged by the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), as the federal appropriation bill was just passed by Congress in mid-March and the Minnesota State Legislature must still approve budget authority before MnDOT can spend additional federal funds.
For an overview of the 2022 state construction program, including maps and full project lists, visit mndot.gov/construction. Individual project pages also include information about construction schedules, traffic impacts, maps, benefits and project costs.
Minnesotans can also stay informed about projects and other transportation topics by connecting to MnDOT via social media and signing up to receive email updates for specific topics or projects, and visiting mndot.gov.
Significant projects in south central and southwest Minnesota this year include:
- Beginning the final stretch of expanding Highway 14 between New Ulm and Nicollet. When finished in 2023, this project will expand 12.5 miles of Highway 14 from two lanes to four lanes and complete a continuous four-lane road between New Ulm and Rochester that will improve capacity, safety and access along the corridor.
- Resurfacing eastbound I-90 lanes from the South Dakota state line to Beaver Creek and the westbound lanes from the South Dakota state line to CR 11; upgrade guardrail and lighting.
- Resurfacing eastbound I-90 from Sherburn to Fairmont; upgrade guardrail and improve drainage
- Resurfacing the Highway 15 eastbound and westbound lanes from the Hwy 15/60 interchange south of Madelia to the Hwy 15/60 interchange north of Madelia; lighting, improve drainage, update guardrail and repair 5 bridges.
For more information on 2022 construction projects in southcentral and southwest Minnesota visit https://www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects.html.
Other significant projects from around the state this year include:
- Beginning a two-year reconstruction of Highway 10 in Anoka, including replacing and repairing bridges to improve traffic flow, safety and provide better pedestrian and bicycle access.
- Completing the two-year I-94 and I-35E project in St. Paul, including resurfacing, repairs to ramps and frontage roads, improved drainage and upgraded storm sewers, bridge rehabilitation, and improved pedestrian sidewalks.
- Resurfacing Highway 77 between Bloomington and Minneapolis to provide a smoother ride, improve drainage and accessibility.
- Beginning a three-year reconstruction of Highway 169 in Elk River, including four new interchanges that will improve traffic flow, increase capacity and improve motorist and pedestrian safety.
- Continuing work on the multi-year Twin Ports Interchange project in Duluth to enhance safety by eliminating blind merges and left exits, replacing aging infrastructure and improving freight mobility.
- Improving 12.5 miles of Highway 23 from Foley to Milaca including resurfacing, a new roundabout in Foley, replacing and repairing drainage infrastructure, and improving intersections to improve safety and drainage.
- Continuing work on Highway 52 between Zumbrota and Cannon Falls including reconstruction of southbound lanes, a new Highway 52/Highway 57 interchange, and completing a new Goodhue County Road 14 connection near Cannon Falls. Now in year two of a three-year project, work will also include replacing three bridges, adding new frontage roads, new reduced conflict intersections, and building a noise wall and install snow fence.
- Constructing an overpass bridge on Highway 29 near Glenwood, including a new roundabout at Highway 29/160th Street, and switching traffic to the new alignment of Highway 55. Year two of construction begins April 11.
- Improving Highway 212 in Glencoe including the construction of two reduced conflict intersections, installation of a permanent snow fence, and improved pedestrian access and safety.
- Resurfacing and improving safety on Highway 71 north of Bemidji with eight redesigned intersections.
Safety in work zones
Motorists should always be prepared to encounter changing road conditions when approaching work zones. Common traffic changes include lane closures, lane shifts, uneven road surfaces, 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. Cell phones, mobile devices, adjusting the radio – even eating – should be avoided 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.