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BREAKING NEWS

MnDOT reveals 10-year projects

By Staff | Jul 6, 2015

Residents of Faribault County can expect to see some road construction projects in the next few years.

At least, that is according to Minnesota Department of Transportation’s 10-year plan.

Ronda Allis, of MnDOT, says, however, that if there is one thing to remember about the 10-year plan is that it will change.

“The 10-year plan is something MnDOT does on an annual basis,”?Allis explained. “Our goal is to give communities time to prepare for projects.”

Allis presented maps to the Faribault County Commissioners outlining all the work planned thus far for the years 2015-2025.

As many residents of Faribault County have probably already noticed, MnDOT even has a couple projects going on this year.

Those included an overlay taking place on I-90 from Highway 22 to Highway 109 which is being continued from last summer.

The other is along Highway 253 north of Bricelyn where MnDOT?will be replacing a bridge.

The next phase of work was mapped out for the years of 2016-2019. Faribault County again can count on some amount of road work.

In 2017 MnDOT has plans to complete a mill and overlay along Highway 109 from Wells to Alden which shows an estimated cost of $6.275 million.

The work along Highway 169 will continue in 2018 and will include a mill and overlay from I-90 north to Winnebago.

And, while it is still subject to change, MnDOT has even mapped out potential projects for the years 2020-2025.

Some of the tentative plans for those years in Faribault County include road work on Highway 22, Highway 169, Highway 254 and I-90 and bridge work in Blue Earth, on Highway 254, and along Highway 109 and along I-90.

According to the plan, “displayed projects are in the current budget, however they are not yet commitments. Some changes in scope and timing should be anticipated.”

Allis also discussed a number of other topics with the County Board in order to share a greater understanding of how MnDOT works with counties and communities on the various projects.

Some of those topics included cost participation, right of way, access roads, pedestrian and bicyclists accommodations, accessibility, parking, speed limits and much more.

“Many people wonder what is the local cost participation with MnDOT projects,”?Allis said. “MnDOT is moving more and more toward a cost participation policy and some projects will require local participation.”