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Government Shutdown Impacting Highway Road Construction Projects

The state government shutdown has made life difficult for officials at the Minnesota Department of Transportation who are trying to complete projects before winter. We already told about some projects that have been pushed back to next year, but there are some that were impacted by the shutdown.

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Hwy 55 Resurfacing Project To Cause Delays

If you travel along Highway 55 near Paynesville, you will encounter some slowdowns starting next week. MnDOT is will be resurfacing Highway 55 between Stearns County Road 66 in Paynesville to just east of Highway 4 in Meeker County.

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Resurfacing To Resume On Highway 10 Near Little Falls

Road work on Highway 10 north of Little Falls starts back up Monday now that the government shutdown is over. Crews will resume resurfacing of Highway 10 between Little Falls and Cushing.

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Highway 23 Expansion Project Ready To Go

Work could begin as soon as tomorrow on the four-lane expansion of Highway 23 between St. Cloud and Foley. The project was slated to start July 1st but Project Supervisor Rick Beckes says they had to wait to get contract approval. And, with the government shutdown those contracts sat idle.

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MnDOT Must “Ramp-Up” Projects Following Shutdown

It's back to work tomorrow for thousands of MnDOT workers now that the government shutdown is over. But, MnDOT's Kevin Gutknecht says the staffers will need to get up-to-speed on their paperwork and impending duties before you start seeing things get back to normal.

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State Travel and Information Center on Highway 10 south of St. Cloud (Jim Maurice)
State Travel and Information Center on Highway 10 south of St. Cloud (Jim Maurice)
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Closed – Rest Stops, Information Centers [AUDIO]

Plan your pit stops ahead of time, if you're traveling long distances this weekend. All of the state's rest areas are shut down, in anticipation of the state government shutdown.

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Lane Closures Slated For I-94 Bridge Work

Be prepared for lane closures on Interstate 94 in Monticello tomorrow (Thursday). Crews will be doing preventive maintenance on I-94 bridges from Monticello to Highway 241. The process, called deck flushing, is a moving operation requiring lane closures.

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West Metro Corridor Project (Photo by FlightFlash.com)
West Metro Corridor Project (Photo by FlightFlash.com)
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Stearns Looking To Keep West Metro Corridor Project Going Through Government Shutdown

We told you last week the West Metro Corridor project would stop if the state government shuts down. But, today Stearns County Highway Engineer Mitch Anderson told the county board they can't afford any delays in the project. He says they need to get it open to traffic by the scheduled date in November.

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MnDOT Hosts Meeting On Highway 10 In Rice

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is hosting a public meeting in Rice on Monday. Monday's meeting runs from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. in the Rice City Hall Council Chambers.

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Temps In 90s Cause Twin Cities Roads To Buckle

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is repairing Twin Cities roads after high heat caused pavements to buckle. MnDOT crews are fixing Twin Cities roads that are buckling in the hot weather, especially Interstate 94 and Lowry Avenue North.

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