ST. PAUL -- A Highway 23 expansion project between New London and Paynesville will be accelerated under Minnesota's Corridors of Commerce program.

Governor Mark Dayton has announced 13 new transportation projects which will get started early thanks to $70,000,000 of existing money set aside by the state legislature.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will use $800,000 to buy right-of-way for expanding Highway 23.

Dayton says the projects "will reduce travel times, improve safety and help businesses transport their products more efficiently."

Other projects include design work for I-94 between St. Michael and Albertville and $45,000,000 to expand Highway 371 to four lanes between Nisswa and Jenkins.