Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Star Tribune: Pawlenty unveils highway projects financed by stimulus funds

Last update: February 25, 2009 - 10:30 AM

Gov. Tim Pawlenty this morning unveiled a list of 60 transportation projects in outstate Minnesota worth an estimated $180 million that will be financed by money from the federal stimulus bill.

Minnesota is expected to receive more than $596 million for state and local highway and transit projects over the next two years as a result of the federal legislation.

The Federal Highway Administration estimates that the outstate transportation projects will create approximately 5,000 jobs. Projects in the Twin Cities metro area will be announced in March.

The projects announced today include concrete rehabilitation on Interstate 94 near Monticello, repaving Highway 75 north of Ortonville and concrete replacement work on stretches of Interstate 90 in southern Minnesota.

The most expensive project, costing $18 million, entails rehabilitating Hwy. 53 north of Duluth.

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