Minnesota Department of Transportation

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced awards for five state highway projects that will help support growing industry and businesses, leverage private funding and improve the transportation system for all users. The five projects will receive a total of $18 million as part of the state's Transportation Economic Development Program.

In just a matter of one year when cranes began to loom over the original 35W bridge crossing over the Minnesota River, regular commuters are now seeing real progress on its replacement. Connecting the cities of Bloomington and Burnsville just south of Minneapolis, traffic crews recently switched all six lanes from the old bridge to the new, northbound bridge.

Construction began in mid-July for the $34 million, design-build Willmar Wye project, an initiative led by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and its partners — Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF), city of Willmar, Kandiyohi County and the Kandiyohi County and city of Willmar Economic Development Commission.

Thermal segregation — temperature differences in hot mix asphalt (HMA) — and aggregate segregation — the non-uniform distribution of coarse and fine aggregates within the asphalt mixture — can cause premature failure of asphalt roads.

Finally, after a two month lay-off caused by high river levels, iron workers recently returned to work raising a new bridge crossing the Mississippi River between the city of Red Wing, Minn., and the western shoreline of Wisconsin. Rising river levels from early spring melting temperatures forced iron workers off the bridge site on March 18 after working a 24-hour schedule the previous week.

Started last summer, Ulland Brothers Inc. is looking to complete the Minnesota Department of Transportation's (MnDOT) $17 million I-90 Westbound Concrete Overlay project between the cities of Manchester and Hayward in Freeborn County by mid-September.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation's Americans with Disability Act Small Business Opportunity pilot program received the Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award April 25 from the Women's Transportation Symposium. The award is given to organizations that promote diversity, inclusion and multi-cultural awareness within the transportation industry and exhibit extraordinary efforts or initiatives in advancing professional opportunities for women and minorities.

Crews from PCi Roads LLC were busy last fall constructing temporary crossovers on U.S. Route 2 in Erskine, Minn., so they could hit the ground full-stride this spring to complete the Minnesota Department of Transportation's $12.5 million design-build upgrade and refurbishment of 5.5 mi.

District Engineer Jon Huseby of the Minnesota Department of Transportation is the 2019 recipient of the Center for Transportation Studies — Distinguished Public Leadership Award. According to the University of Minnesota, the award, which was established in 1998, recognizes public leaders who have influenced innovative transportation policy directions that benefit society through their vision, leadership, and knowledge.

Construction began in June 2018 on the three-year, $39.3 million Baudette-Rainy River International Bridge Replacement project at the U.S.-Canada border, a joint venture of the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Ministry of Transport–Ontario (MTO) headed up by Lunda Construction Co.

Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher recently announced 30 the leadership team that will assist her in serving Minnesotans and their transportation needs. "This team will be vital to executing MnDOT's strategic plan and meeting the needs of Minnesotans as we work to ensure a sustainable transportation system that supports Minnesota's economy and quality of life," said Anderson Kelliher.