I-94 Coalition believes the above project has the best chance of getting funded not only for this initial necessary engineering and environmental work but also for future construction phases through potentially more Corridors of Commerce project funding. This is due to the recent and upcoming I-94 Metro Improvements to I-94, TH 610, and TH 494, in addition to the 6-lane plan of MnDOT District 3 for this segment. I-94 from the Fish Lake Interchange to TH 101 in Rogers would certainly qualify as a Metro Capacity Improvement in addition to the Interregional Corridor Capacity and Statewide Freight Bottleneck categories but considering the Metro projects already planned and the fact that Met Council will be weighing in on the Metro projects, the I-94 Coalition believes the Four Lane to Six Lane Expansion from TH 241 to TH 25 is our best hope for having a high priority I-94 project selected. We ask for your support and input to MnDOT for this project.
As was stated by our great State and Federal Representatives at our recent “Phase 1” (TH 101 to TH 241) project ground breaking, “our work is not over yet” and we need your help. Please send out and share this request with others and use this opportunity to let your voice be heard in support of needed I-94 improvements! Also, please post this link in your newsletters and on your websites if possible to help gain more supporters. There will also be a link on the coalition website www.greenlight94.com. Thank you for your continued help and support for I-94 and let us know if you need any more information when preparing your project request submittal.
I-94 Coalition Chair
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Sept. 5, 2014
Contact: Kevin Gutknecht, 651-231-4192
MnDOT seeks project recommendations for Corridors of Commerce program
$25 million available to help improve movement of freight
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking recommendations for road and bridge projects that will be funded by Corridors of Commerce funding, according to MnDOT officials.
Corridors of Commerce funds projects support economic growth through targeted regional investments that help improve the movement of freight and reduce barriers to commerce. The 2014 legislation makes available up to $25 million in 2015. The primary intent of this funding is to prepare eligible projects for future years should additional funding be made available.
“Transportation investment is key to our state’s economy,” said MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “The work we do with this funding spurs economic growth in the near term through construction jobs and, in the long run, creates a commerce-friendly network of corridors that we can rely on every day to move goods and people efficiently across our state.”
The 2015 funding can be used for right of way acquisition, environmental study work and preliminary engineering, as well as other project costs. MnDOT will collect project recommendations during the next two weeks and will announce the selected projects in October.
Since 2013, the Legislature has provided $331.5 million in Corridors of Commerce funding for projects statewide. The first program projects started this year and include:
· Lane addition on Interstate 94 from Highway 101 to Highway 241 near St. Michael
· Expansion of Highway 14 to four lanes from Highway 218 to County Road 43 near Owatonna
· Passing lane additions on various sections of Highway 2 and Highway 34 in northwestern Minnesota
“We are working hard to make our transportation system more effective and efficient,” Zelle said. “A good transportation network serves the economy well and improves the quality of life for all of us.”
To recommend a Corridors of Commerce project or to learn more about the program, visit www.mndot.gov/corridorsofcommerce.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Motorists in Rogers and St. Michael may encounter slow traffic and delays as lane and shoulder closures continue through Thursday, Aug. 28, on both directions of Interstate 94 between Highway 241 and Highway 101.
The non-rush hour closures are needed as crews continue preparatory work for the I-94 Corridors of Commerce project in Rogers and St. Michael.
Heavy construction for the project is expected to begin after Labor Day. More information on that work and associated traffic changes will be issued as details become available.
The project will add an auxiliary lane to eastbound I-94 between Highway 101 and Highway 241; add a third lane to westbound I-94 between Highway 101 and Highway 241; extend the turn lane from westbound I-94 to Highway 101; improve the I-94 bridges spanning the Crow River; construct a noise barrier; and make other improvements while lanes are closed for construction.
When complete in 2015, the project will reduce congestion and improve the efficiency of the transportation system.
To receive traffic change notices and other important project information, subscribe to the project’s email updates at www.mnodt.gov/d3/i94/.
For more information on the Corridors of Commerce, visit www.mndot.gov/corridorsofcommerce/
For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.
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