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MnDOT seeks 10-year highway plan comments

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking comments on the list of projects in its recently released 10-year Capital Highway Investment Plan (CHIP).

The plan includes state highway projects for the next four years that MnDOT is committed to. The plan also identifies projects over the following six years that are planned investments. It is updated annually. Now is the best time to provide a comment on projects planned for those years.

Over the next 10 years, MnDOT District 7 is projected to invest $817 million in state highway projects. Most work will address pavement condition.

MnDOT will also address bridge condition, roadside infrastructure (signage, culverts, lighting), safety improvements, pedestrian infrastructure that doesn’t comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and bicycle infrastructure.

Projects in the 10-year plan are:

• A $74 million project to reconstruct U.S. Highway 14 from two to four lanes from State Highway 15 in New Ulm to east of Nicollet (481st Avenue); construct 2 new interchanges and replace 3 bridges is projected to be begin in 2022.

• A $17.5 to $23.7 million project to resurface State Highway 68 and replace multiple bridges from State Highway 15 south of New Ulm to U.S. Highway 169/State Highway 60 is scheduled to begin in 2029.

• A $4.3 million project to resurface State Highway 99 from Birch Street in Nicollet to Highway 169 in St. Peter; replace a bridge and culvert and add lighting is scheduled to begin in 2021.

• A $10.3 project to resurface State Highway 4 from Ellsworth Street in Sleepy Eye to CR 18, just north of the Watonwan County line, south of Sleepy Eye, is scheduled to begin in 2023.

• A $7.5 to $10.1 million project to resurface State Highway 19 from Winthrop to Gaylord is scheduled to begin in 2028.

For more information including the District 7 10-year CHIP for 2020-2029 and an interactive map of selected projects, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/planning/10yearplan/index.html.

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.

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