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Wisconsin DOT Secretary Thompson Elected AASHTO Vice President

RACINE, WI — The board of directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) unanimously elected Craig Thompson — Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation — as its 2022-2023 Vice President.

Thompson replaces former AASHTO Vice President and Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation …

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Staging Small, Frequently Changing Work Areas, IGE Rehabilitates Bridge and Improves Safety

For the U.S. 10/WIS 66 bridge over Interstate 39 project in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, “The big storyline was finding enough room to do the work,” said Logan Griesmer, Project Manager for General Contractor Integrity Grading & Excavating, Inc., (IGE) of Schofield, Wisconsin. “This project isn’t large in overall …

USDOT Announces $48.2M Loan for Rural Highway Safety Project in Nicollet County, Minnesota

NICOLLET, MN — The U.S. Department of Transportation announces that its Build America Bureau has provided a low-interest loan of up to $48.2 million to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) to reconstruct 12 miles of Highway 14 to a four-lane, divided highway from …

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Cushing Terrell Awarded IDIQ Contracts to Support Interior Department Projects

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Multidisciplinary design firm Cushing Terrell and Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture partner Hollingsworth Pack have been awarded an IDIQ (indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity) contract for architecture and engineering (A/E) services with the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) in support of projects funded by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). …

HNTB Continuing Active Transportation Scoping Partnership with Minnesota DOT

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has selected HNTB to provide bicycle and pedestrian scoping recommendations for projects in its 10-year Capital Highway Investment Plan.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with MnDOT to help enhance bicycle and pedestrian mobility and improve safety,” said Sara Hage …

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Preferred Alternative Announced for I-94 East-West Project in Milwaukee County

MILWAUKEE, WI — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration announce a preferred alternative for reconstruction of the I-94 East-West corridor between 70th Street and 16th Street in Milwaukee County. The preferred alternative improves safety, replaces aging infrastructure, and reduces congestion on the nearly 60-year-old highway. …

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Silver Creek and Stewart River Bridges Project Restores Trout Habitat while Making Northeast Minnesota’s Highway 61 Safer

Replacing and rehabilitating aging structures on Highway 61 north of Two Harbors, Minnesota, requires careful measures to deal with Lake Superior storms, hard bluestone, stream restoration, and a bridge listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Minnesota-based Northland Constructors of Duluth, Inc., started the $12.63 million Silver Creek and …

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Burgum Appoints Deputy Director of Engineering Henke to Lead North Dakota DOT

BISMARCK, ND — Gov. Doug Burgum appoints North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Deputy Director of Engineering Ron Henke to lead the department, citing his deep knowledge of the state’s transportation infrastructure, long history of service to the state, and leadership on many key NDDOT initiatives over the years.

Henke’s …

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Anderson Western Rehabs 50-Year-Old Pipes Along US 212

Average daily traffic on U.S. Highway 212 from Newell to Maurine, South Dakota shows minimal growth over the next 15 years and the two-lane road is in decent condition. So, why is the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) performing a mill and overlay project on a road that doesn’t …

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Biden-Harris Administration Sending States Nearly $60B from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for America’s Roads and Bridges

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces that it has released $59.9 billion in Fiscal Year 2023 apportionments for 12 formula programs to support investment in critical infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and tunnels, carbon emission reduction, and safety improvements utilizing funding from President …

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Historic 3rd Avenue Bridge Nears Completion

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — COWI in North America is nearing completion of its rehabilitation work as the construction engineer for Ames Construction on the historic Third Avenue Bridge, located in Minneapolis, over the Mississippi River. The landmark structure carries road traffic across the Mississippi River and upper fringes of Saint Anthony …

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Minnesota DOT Project Wins Regional America’s Transportation Award

A Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) project won a regional award in the 2022 America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes state DOTs for making a difference in their community, with …

Biden Signs Inflation Reduction Act into Law, $5B in Funding to Drive Low-Carbon Procurement in Buildings and Construction

The largest federal climate investment in U.S. history was made on August 16, after President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law. The act aims to fight climate change and address record inflation.

The IRA includes policies that will invest in U.S. energy production, reduce carbon emissions, …

Innovative Flex Lane on Madison Beltline is a First for Wisconsin

Making the most of what you have is a cliché of positive thinking. However, it also is an apt way to describe a project from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) – the Flex Lane on U.S. 12 in Dane County. The roughly 10-mile project area is located in Madison, …

More than 40 Industry Organizations Support Extending Buy America, Build America Act Waiver

When the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was passed back in November 2021, it expanded Buy America, Build America Act (BABAA) coverage to include certain construction materials used on federal-aid highway and transit projects. This was intended to strengthen Made in America requirements by ensuring projects use American-made iron, …

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USACE, USBR Celebrate Completion of Lower Yellowstone Fish Bypass Channel with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) recently cut the ribbon on the Lower Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam Fish Passage Project, completing construction on the $44-million, 2.1-mile-long channel. The intake diversion dam supplies irrigation water to the area, providing a natural source to the …

Baudette Rainy River International Bridge Replacement Wins National Engineering Design Award from ACEC

BAUDETTE, MN — Stantec recently received a National Recognition Award in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 2022 Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition for a project in Baudette, Minnesota. The annual competition recognizes engineering firms for projects that demonstrate an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement, and value. …

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Construction on Highway 87 in Frazee Begins

DETROIT LAKES, MN — The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) recently began the first stages of construction on Highway 87 in the City of Frazee, between the south side of Highway 10 to North River Drive.

The 2022 “complete streets” project includes resurfacing and reconstructing Highway 87, replacing city utilities, …

Final US 83 Project Underway to Update 68-Mile White River to Murdo Corridor in South Dakota

Work nears completion on an $112 million, 68-mile stretch of U.S. 83 in South Dakota, featuring new pavement and a shared-use path, as the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) upgrades the corridor from White River to Murdo.

“We’ve done seven projects along that stretch in a very short timeframe …

Interstate 90 Exit 37 Reconstruction Project Begins

STURGIS, SD — The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says the first phase of a four-phase project to reconstruct the exit 37 interchange on Interstate 90, near Sturgis, has begun. The project includes the reconstruction of the exit 37 interchange, eastbound grading on I-90, paving from west of exit …

Governor Evers’ Plan to Invest in Wisconsin Transportation Approved

MADISON, WI — Governor Evers’ plan to invest $282.9 million in Wisconsin’s infrastructure recently won overwhelming bipartisan approval from the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance. Approval from this committee is the last step needed for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) to deploy Wisconsin’s allocation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law …

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Mead & Hunt Wins Minnesota DOT Concrete Paving Award for Highway Expansion Project

ROCHESTER, MN — Mead & Hunt’s TH 14 Expansion Design-Build Verification project has received a Concrete Paving Award from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). This award honors Minnesota concrete paving projects of exceptional quality that provide significant benefit to the surrounding community.

Highway 14 between Owatonna and Dodge …

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Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago Rail Receives $31.8M Federal Boost

MILWAUKEE, WI — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) together with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) announce a $31.8-million federal grant for station and rail segment improvements to double passenger rail service and increase freight efficiency along the corridor that connects the Twin Cities, La Crosse, Milwaukee, and Chicago. …

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Additional Transportation Funding Provided by the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act Allows for Needed Improvements to US Roads, Bridges, and Transit

WASHINGTON, DC — Despite the increase in transportation funding provided by the passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) in November 2021, the nation’s roads, bridges, and transit systems remain significantly underfunded and will require increased investment for needed improvements and repairs. Fees on highway users continue …

Governor Evers Funding Local Transportation with Quarterly Aid Payment of More Than $132M

MADISON, WI — Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) announce that municipalities across the state received more than $132 million in the first quarterly payments for 2022 for General Transportation, Connecting Highway, and Expressway Policing Aids.

For calendar year 2022, local governments will receive more than …

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Minnesota DOT Awards $18M for Transportation Projects that Support Economic Development

ST. PAUL, MN — Eight construction projects in different areas of the state will receive a total of $18 million to improve transportation infrastructure that supports economic growth, the Minnesota Department of Transportation recently announced.

The funding comes from the state’s competitive Transportation Economic Development program. The TED program targets …

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South Dakota DOT Provides John C. Waldron Memorial Bridge Project Update

PIERRE, SD — The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) announces that the John C. Waldron Memorial Bridge project schedule is being revised. Initial construction of the Waldron Memorial Bridge, which connects the cities of Pierre and Fort Pierre, began with underwater substructure work.

The substructure work consists of placing …

South Dakota DOT Secretary Jundt Named to TRB; Rothschadl Named to Yankton Area Engineer Position

PIERRE, SD — The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) announces that Joel Jundt, SDDOT Secretary, will officially be welcomed as a new Board Member for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) during the upcoming organizational annual meeting. SDDOT also recently announced that Greg Rothschadl, a 31-year veteran of …

U.S. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg Announces Over $241M in Grants for America’s Ports

SUPERIOR, WI — The U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary announces the award of more than $241 million in discretionary grant funding for 25 projects to improve port facilities in 19 states and one territory through the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP).

These grants demonstrate rapid action on …

Wisconsin Governor Funding Local Transportation with $129.7M Quarterly Aid Payment

MADISON, WI — Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) announce that municipalities across the state received nearly $130 million in the fourth quarterly payments for 2021 for General Transportation, Connecting Highway, and Expressway Policing Aids.

For calendar year 2020, local governments received more than $505 million …

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North Dakota DOT Wins Regional Transportation Award

BISMARCK, ND — The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) received a regional award for the new Long X Bridge located in western North Dakota. The award was announced at the America’s Transportation Awards, held at the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials conference.

The project won in …

MAASTO Leadership Transitions, Kansas DOT Secretary Takes the Wheel

MADISON, WI — Wisconsin Transportation Secretary-Designee Craig Thompson concludes a successful term as President of the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO). Kansas Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz takes over as incoming President. The transition was announced at MAASTO's annual meeting in Chicago. Thompson served as MAASTO President …

Minnesota DOT Announces Completion of 35W@94 Project in Minneapolis

ROSEVILLE, MN — The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) announces that the I-35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project is complete.

“To the residents of Minneapolis, the local businesses, and all Minnesotans who travel on I-35W and I-94, we want to say thank you for [your] patience,” said MnDOT Commissioner Margaret Anderson …

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South Dakota DOT Project Wins 2021 American Concrete Pipe Association Project Achievement Award

SIOUX FALLS, SD — The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) Veterans Parkway Project (Rice Street to Interstate 90) was chosen as the recipient of the 2021 American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA) Project Achievement Award. The purpose of the annual project achievement award is to recognize agencies who demonstrate creative …

Wisconsin DOT I-94 North-South Project Wins National Acclaim

MILWAUKEE, WI — America’s Transportation Awards named the I-94 North-South Freeway Project in Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha counties one of the nation’s outstanding infrastructure projects for 2021.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) completed the I-94 North-South Project on schedule and under budget in 2020. A key link for interstate …

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Shafer Contracting and Minnesota DOT Create New Pathway for Highway 14

Aiming to spur economic development in the area, the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) new 12.5-mile road from Dodge Center and Owatonna will also increase capacity and improve safety on Highway 14 in Dodge and Stelle counties.

“It’s charting a new route for the highway through what had been …

Wisconsin DOT Announces Municipalities Receive $160M in Quarterly Transportation Aid

MADISON, WI — Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) recently announced that local governments across the state received more than $160 million in the third quarterly payments for 2021 for General Transportation, Connecting Highway, and Expressway Policing Aids.

For calendar year 2020, local governments received more …

North Dakota DOT Director Panos Named WASHTO President

BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Director Bill Panos has been named President of the Western Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (WASHTO).

Panos, who previously served as WASHTO Vice President, will take over the duties of President from James Bass of the Texas Department of Transportation …

Wisconsin Governor Breaks Ground on WIS 15 Project in Outagamie County

HORTONVILLE, WI — Governor Tony Evers, together with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and state and local officials, announces the start of construction for a WIS 15 project in Outagamie County that creates 11 miles of four-lane divided highway that will bypass the village of Hortonville.

“This project is …

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Minnesota DOT Announces 2021 State Construction Projects

ST. PAUL, MN — More than 200 construction projects that will help maintain Minnesota’s roads and bridges, improve safety, and support thousands of construction jobs across the state will be worked on this year, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) announces. In addition, crews will make safety and infrastructure improvements …

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Municipalities Receive $99M in Quarterly Transportation Aid in Wisconsin

MADISON, WI — Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) announce that municipalities across the state received more than $99 million in the second quarterly payments for 2021 for General Transportation, Connecting Highway, and Expressway Policing Aids.

For calendar year 2020, local governments received more than $505 …

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Wisconsin DOT Extends Service Life of Six Bridges Over US 14

Madison is the capital of Wisconsin and home to the University of Wisconsin. As an active thriving city, Madison draws commuters from the surrounding areas. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is in the middle of the U.S. 14 Bridges project which is taking place just outside of Madison. The …

Minnesota Governor Announces 2021 Local Jobs and Projects Plan

ST. PAUL, MN — Governor Tim Walz announces his 2021 Local Jobs and Projects Plan, his capital investment recommendation for the current legislative session. The plan invests $518.086 million in infrastructure projects across the state to maintain existing buildings, invest in communities, and ensure that the state can leverage available …

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Public-Private Partnership Brings Willmar Rail Connector Project to Fruition

America’s infrastructure is in need of repair as evidenced by the D+ grade it got on the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Upgrading the system has been a challenge as the government is perpetually underfunding infrastructure. Public-private partnerships are one way to sweeten …

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City of Prior Lake Downtown Project Named CEAM Project of the Year Honorable Mention

PRIOR LAKE, MN — The City Engineers Association of Minnesota (CEAM) recognized the City of Prior Lake’s CSAH 21 Downtown Improvement project as a 2020 Project of the Year Honorable Mention. This award is given to outstanding engineering projects that have contributed to Minnesota’s quality of life. A public engagement …

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Timmons Construction Partners with South Dakota DOT on US 14/6th Street Reconstruction

A city-state collaboration has brought Brookings, South Dakota, a reconstructed U.S. 14/6th Street through the center of town, increasing safety and traffic flow.

“Sixth Street is the major road through the town of Brookings,” says John Rittershaus, Project Manager for the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT). “That roadway …

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Wisconsin DOT Announces 2020 Excellence in Construction Awards

MADISON, WI — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) announces six Excellence in Construction Awards for 2020 during the annual Contractor-Engineer Conference. Top winners include an asphalt paving project in Lincoln County, a concrete paving project in Outagamie County, a grading project in Kenosha County, a small bridge project in …

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Biden Nominates Pete Buttigieg as U.S. DOT Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT). The former two-term South Bend, Indiana, mayor (2012 to January 2020) was a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination earlier this year. He withdrew from the race and endorsed Biden …

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Minnesota DOT, Carver County, Norwood Young America Announce Completion of Hwy 212

ROSEVILLE, MN — Highway 212 recently opened to traffic. The nearly completed highway features safety and accessibility improvements, biking and walking trails, a new underpass, and a new roundabout at Highway 5/Highway 25/County Road 33. The project, which began in June, will be completed in spring 2021 when crews finish …

U.S. Transportation Secretary Announces $40.9M Grant Award for East West Bus Rapid Transit Project in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE, WI — The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces a $40.9-million grant award to Milwaukee County for the East West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The project will provide faster, more reliable transit service along the region’s busiest travel corridor from downtown …

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Minnesota DOT Awards $61M to Improve State’s Freight Transportation Network

ST. PAUL, MN — The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) awarded $61 million in funding for 13 highway infrastructure projects that will improve freight mobility, safety, and first- and last-mile freight connections throughout Minnesota.

The awards are part of a second round of transportation funding offered to Minnesota cities, counties, …

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Minnesota DOT Upgrades I-35W at I-94, the State’s Busiest Freeway

The $239 million I-35W at I-94: Downtown to Crosstown project will reconstruct existing infrastructure and provide dedicated bus transit access into downtown Minneapolis.

“It’s a massive construction project, and things are going really well,” says Steven Barrett, Project Manager for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).

Although the department …

North Dakota DOT Wraps Up 193 Projects as Construction Season Closes

BISMARCK, ND — The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) wraps up work on 193 road and bridge projects during the 2020 construction season, which is coming to a close around the state.

“2020 was a tremendous year for the NDDOT and the state of North Dakota,” said NDDOT Director …

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Minnesota DOT Advances More Than 200 Road Projects During 2020 Construction Season

ST. PAUL, MN — The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) advanced or completed more than 200 road and bridge projects during the 2020 construction season that is now wrapping up throughout Minnesota. An additional 36 projects enhanced safety at railroad crossings, and 15 projects extended or repaired runways or other …

Wisconsin Local Governments Receive Almost $130M in Quarterly Transportation Aid

MADISON, WI — Wisconsin communities recently received $129,698,460 in transportation funding payments, the last quarterly payments for 2020. For calendar year 2020, local governments received more than $505 million in general transportation aids (GTA) financial assistance to support transportation related projects — a 10 percent increase over calendar year 2019 …

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FTA Announces $928.8M Grant Agreement for Minneapolis Southwest Light Rail Transit Project

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces a $928.8-million grant agreement to the Metropolitan Council for the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The project extends an existing light rail line from downtown Minneapolis to the southwestern suburbs in a corridor …

North Dakota DOT Receives Operations Excellence Award

BISMARCK, ND — The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) received the Operations Excellence Award in the small project category of America’s Transportation Awards for establishing highway safety corridors in the state. NDDOT earned regional recognition in the national award program for providing solutions that increase safety and save lives, …

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Wisconsin DOT Replaces Aging Eastbound Bridge Over US 10 in Waupaca

Wisconsin's segment of U.S. Highway 10 is classified as a principal arterial – this 4-lane highway serves as a major east/west freight and passenger corridor across the central part of the state, connecting communities in the Fox Valley area to western Wisconsin and the Minneapolis metropolitan area. US 10 also …

U.S. Transportation Secretary Chao Announces Over $273M in Grants to 184 Airports in 41 States, Six Territories

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announces that the Trump Administration will award more than $273 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to 41 states and the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall …

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Minnesota DOT Crews Start Stage 2 of Construction in Starbuck

STARBUCK, MN — With Stage 1 completed recently in Starbuck, Minnesota Department of Transportation crews resumed work at the intersection of Highway 28, 29, and 114. In addition to the intersection closing to traffic, Highway 114 up to Eighth Street is also closed.

Stage 2 will be completed in two …

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Minnesota DOT’s Tasa Retires After 43 Years of Public Service

BEMIDJI, MN — Lou Tasa recently retired from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) after 43 years of state service.

Tasa has spent almost all of his career at MnDOT Bemidji headquarters. Throughout his career, he has worked in the areas of bridge design, pre-design, surveys, right of way, and …

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North Dakota DOT Director Panos Elected Vice President of WASHTO

BISMARCK, ND — The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Director Bill Panos was elected Vice President of the Western Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (WASHTO). His term as Vice President began July 1.

WASHTO membership includes departments of transportation from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Hawaii, Kansas, Montana, …

South Dakota Transportation Commission Announces Federal Bridge Replacement Recipients

PIERRE, SD — The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 49 bridge replacement projects totaling approximately $25 million at a recent meeting in Pierre. Award recipients are:

  • Beadle County (7)
  • City of Big Stone City
  • Bon Homme County (2)
  • Brookings County
  • Brown County
  • Butte County (3)
  • City of Carthage
  • Douglas County …
North Dakota DOT Officially Kicks Off Construction Season

BISMARCK, ND — The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is kicking off the 2020 construction season with the help from the Associated General Contractors of North Dakota and the North Dakota Highway Patrol. This year’s construction season consists of approximately $400 million of projects throughout North Dakota to enhance …

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South Dakota DOT Makes Headway on Veterans Parkway Expansion

Construction crews will soon complete one of the biggest state road projects in South Dakota’s history – the Veterans Parkway/Exit 402 Interchange Project in Minnehaha County, which is owned by the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT). This multifaceted undertaking is part of a long-range vision to create a 17-mile …

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Hoffman Construction Co. Partners With Wisconsin DOT to Rebuild I-94

Wisconsin’s $57.5 million highway improvement project on Interstate 94 near Knapp Hill will allow smoother travels for motorists.

“We have concrete pavement that is old and has gone through its complete life cycle,” says Nicole Passuello, Project Development Supervisor, with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northwest Region in …

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MacDonald & Mack Architects, Quinn Evans Complete Transformation of Historic Minneapolis Library

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The historic Arvonne Fraser Library, located adjacent to the University of Minnesota on the East Bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, has recently reopened after a two-year modernization effort. Formerly known as the Southeast Library, the renovation and restoration project preserves a singular example of Midwestern …

Governor Evers Announces $40.5M in Harbor Grants

GREEN BAY, WI — Governor Tony Evers announces grants totaling $40,565,780 for eight harbor maintenance and improvement projects in Wisconsin. Improvements will promote shipbuilding, waterborne freight, and assist economic development in local communities and statewide.

“Wisconsin has the unique advantage of being surrounded by water on three sides, with a …

South Dakota Transportation Commission Announces 27 Bridge Improvement Grant Recipients

PIERRE, SD — The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 27 preservation, rehabilitation, and replacement Bridge Improvement Grants (BIG) totaling approximately $14 million to local governments at a recent meeting in Pierre, South Dakota.

Grant recipients are: Aurora County, Beadle County (2), City of Belle Fourche, Bon Homme County, Brookings County, …

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Wisconsin Governor Announces $75M in Local Transportation Grants

GREEN BAY, WI — Gov. Tony Evers announces that 152 Wisconsin communities will receive grant awards from the Multimodal Local Supplement (MLS), which is a one-time $75-million funding program for local transportation projects. Statewide, 84 towns, 34 cities and villages, and 34 counties will receive funding from the program.

“No …

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Firefighters for Healing Teams with Area Businesses to Create Transitional Healing Center

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Firefighters for Healing (FF4H), a nonprofit dedicated to helping burn survivors, first responders and their families navigate medical, financial and emotional needs after burn trauma or injury, announces plans to create a 15,000-square-foot Transitional Healing Center in downtown Minneapolis.

The new healing center will occupy part of …

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Wisconsin DOT Announces 2019 Excellence in Construction Awards

MADISON, WI — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) announces seven Excellence in Construction Awards for 2019 during the annual Contractor-Engineer Conference held recently in Madison.

“Wisconsin is fortunate to have so many talented, hardworking contractors who help produce quality infrastructure for millions of users,” said Beth Cannestra, Director …

Wisconsin DOT Secretary-Designee Thompson Selected to Chair Regional Transportation Group

MADISON, WI — Embracing the opportunity to promote solutions to common transportation challenges throughout the Midwest, Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Secretary of Transportation-Designee Craig Thompson will serve as President of the Mid-America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO).

“From the moment Secretary Thompson joined the Board of Directors at …

State Awards $18M for Transportation Economic Development Projects in Five Communities

ST. PAUL, MN — The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) announces 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 …

Wisconsin Governor Announces Over $132M in Transportation Aid Payments to Local Governments

MADISON, WI — Local governments are seeing the first of the additional local road funding provided by the 2019-2021 budget. Governor Tony Evers announces that local governments received quarterly payments totaling $132,198,446 for General Transportation Aids, Connecting Highway Aids and Expressway Policing Aids from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). …

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Transportation Projects Commission Approves Removing Three Current Highway Project Studies

MADISON, WI — Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (Transportation Projects Commission (TPC) recently met for the first time in five years. The commission received updates on major transportation projects across the state.

“The TPC meeting can play an important role in fostering stronger communication between the Legislature, transportation stakeholders, my …

North Dakota DOT Celebrates Early Completion of Main Avenue Phase 1 Reconstruction Project

FARGO, ND — North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Director Bill Panos, Deputy Mayor and Fargo Commissioner Dave Piepkorn, along with representatives from the offices of Senator Hoeven, Senator Cramer, Representative Armstrong and other state and local officials celebrated the completion of the first …

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Announces $900M Historic Investment in American Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary Elaine L. Chao announces that the Trump Administration will invest $900 million in American infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. The funding has been awarded to 55 projects in 35 states.

“The administration is targeting BUILD Transportation …

USDOT Announces $157M in Infrastructure Grants to 34 Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced that the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) will award $157 million in airport infrastructure grants to 34 airports in 19 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the sixth allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Federal Aviation …

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America’s Transportation Awards Competition Top 12 Projects Vying for Two Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Twelve winning transportation projects from four U.S. regional competitions will battle it out in this year’s America’s Transportation Awards competition, which will give two $10,000 cash awards for a charity or transportation-related scholarship of the winners’ choosing. The scope of the projects in the final round include …

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USDOT Announces $272M in State of Good Repair Program Grants to 10 Projects in 10 States

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announces more than $272 million in grant funding to 10 rail projects in 10 states. Funding is provided through FRA’s Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program (SOGR Program) and will help to repair and rehabilitate …

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Chao Announces $225M in Bridge Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announces the recipients of $225 million in Competitive Highway Bridge Program (CHBP) grant funding. Awarded to 20 projects in 18 states, the grants will fund a variety of bridge improvements including replacement and rehabilitation.

By law, the funds were restricted to …

Wisconsin DOT Announces Criteria for $75M Local Government Grant Program

MADISON, WI — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is providing funding through a one-time grant program designed to address critical transportation needs throughout Wisconsin. The $75-million Multimodal Local Supplement (MLS) grant program is available to local and tribal governments.

“The MLS program gives counties, towns, villages and cities the …

Six Western State DOTs Win Awards for Projects that Strengthen Communities, Improve Lives

GLENDALE, AZ — Eight transportation projects from six western state departments of transportation (DOT) recently received top honors in the regional America’s Transportation Awards competition. Some of the winning projects are credited with improving safety for schoolchildren, protecting wildlife habitats and restoring access to communities after mudslides.

“For 12 years, …

North Dakota DOT and Partners Officially Kick-Off Construction Season

GRAND FORKS, ND — The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is kicking off the 2019 construction season with the help from the Associated General Contractors of North Dakota and the North Dakota Highway Patrol. This year’s construction season consists of approximately $370 million of projects throughout the state to …

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South Dakota Transportation Commission Announces Bridge Improvement Grant Recipients

PIERRE, SD — The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 28 Preservation, Rehabilitation and Replacement Bridge Improvement Grants (BIG) totaling approximately $13.93 million at their recent meeting in Pierre.  

Grant recipients are: Aurora County, Beadle County (3), Brookings County, Clark County, Day County, City of Deadwood, Deuel County (2), Fall River …

USDOT Announces $705.7M in Emergency Relief for Road and Bridge Repairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces more than $705.7 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help 34 states, as well as American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and …