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MnDOT plans $10B in key projects over 10 years

ST. PAUL —The Minnesota Department of Transportation released a new 10-year plan Wednesday that it says will guide planning and investments for the state’s highways.

The Capital Highway Investment Plan outlines transportation projects throughout the state that will begin in 2019 and run until 2028. The projects are an estimated $10 billion for new construction and maintenance.

Major projects for the Twin Cities metro area, and their estimated costs, include:

  • Since 2017 to 2021: Downtown-to-Crosstown project along Interstate 35W in Minneapolis. Includes pavement resurfacing, MnPASS expansion, better pedestrian and bicycle access to local streets, and a new transit station at I-35W and Lake Street. The station will be a primary hub for the Orange Line, a new bus-rapid-transit route from Burnsville to Minneapolis. Cost: $239 million.
  • Spring 2019 to 2021: I-35W from Roseville to Blaine. Project includes new MnPASS lane, noise wall construction, bridge replacements and pavement resurfacing. Cost: $90,174,000.
  • 2019: Interstate 94 in St. Paul. New overlay, erosion control and drainage repair between Minnesota 280 and Western Avenue. Cost: $8,235,000.
  • 2022: I-94 and Interstate 35E in St. Paul. Concrete repair and bridge rehabilitation as the highways run through downtown St. Paul, between Western Avenue and Mounds Boulevard. Cost: $29,987,000.
  • 2025: Interstate 494 in Woodbury and South St. Paul. Concrete repair and maintenance between Tamarack Boulevard to Hardman Avenue. Cost: $8 million.
  • 2025: I-35E from Eagan to St. Paul. Pavement replacement between Lone Oak Road and the 10th Street bridge in downtown St. Paul. Cost: $20.3 million.
  • 2027: Interstate 394 in Minneapolis. Four bridge replacements and three bridge rehabilitations just west of downtown Minneapolis. Cost: $25 million.

Funding for these projects comes from two different programs:

  • The Statewide Performance Program focuses on federal highways.
  • The District Risk Management program focuses on the others, including state highways.

In a typical year, Minnesota spends nearly $4 billion on transportation. The state receives about $1.3 billion in federal funding and spends around $2.7 billion in state dollars.

Most of the money comes from a fuel tax, vehicle registration taxes and fees, and vehicle sales taxes.

Interactive MNDOT map showing 10-Year Capital Highway Investment Plan