MN Dot has more than 300 construction projects planned for construction seasonMoorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - This summer in Minnesota expect another season full of slowdowns on your way to Lakes Country. MN Dot has officially kicked off its billion dollar construction season.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - This summer in Minnesota expect another season full of slowdowns on your way to Lakes Country.
MN Dot has officially kicked off its billion dollar construction season.
But with more of this winter weather down the road.
Here along Highway 10 there's still snow on the ground. But in just a few months, this spot will be home to one of more than 300 MN Dot construction projects in the state together valued at 1.1 billion dollars.
Charlie Zelle/MnDOT Commissioner: "I always refer to that as being like building a Vikings stadium all in one construction season."
Projects like replacing the Buffalo River Bridge, putting in cable guardrails along I-94, and constructing passing lanes and intersection improvements on Highway 34 are just some of the plans for our District 4.
All unveiled at MN Dot's construction kickoff conference.
Trudy Kordosky/MnDOT Dist. 4 Resident Engineer: "It's unfortunate that we're having snow on our spring construction kickoff announcement but we'll have to wait and see. Hopefully spring will arrive soon and we can get started."
But before crews can even begin, they must first fix what this winter has already ruined.
Kordosky: "The freeze thaw of this difficult spring is kind of adding to a lot of pothole conditions that we may have."
MN Dot staff says it's still too early to tell if the weather will slow down start dates some slated already for April or May.
Lt. Eric Roeske/MN State Patrol: "This summer as you travel through the state, especially through these construction zones, take driving seriously."
So come summertime when all of this white stuff is gone, it won't be weather slowing you down, but road construction.
Our area projects in District 4 make up 62 million dollars of the estimated 1.1 billion dollar construction total.