Major MnDOT Construction Projects Kick Off Monday

Updated: 04/01/2013 5:38 AM KSTP.com By: Katherine Johnson

Pipeline worker Bruce Leigh spends his summer on the road going from job to job.  
"I'm usually on a pretty good schedule," he said.

But starting Monday, it will take more fuel in Leigh's tank to get to his work sites.  The Minnesota Department of Transportation's construction season takes off April 1.

"It is inconvenient. I'm not sure how far the detours are going to take me out of my way," said Leigh.

One of drivers' most dreaded projects starts Monday: repaving I-94 between Clearwater and St. Cloud. MnDOT warns backups could stretch as far as 20 miles as workers reduce the interstate to single-lane, two-way traffic.

"The roads- if they need to be fixed, I would much rather travel on smooth roads and deal with the detour," said driver, Zoe Hill.

MnDOT unveiled it's state-wide $1.1 billion dollar construction plan, Wednesday, asking drivers to be patient.

"I know there will be disruptions in traffic, there will be frustrations in commuter times, but just know this work - this significant investment in our state is essential for our prosperity in the future," said Commissioner Charlie Zelle during Wednesday's press conference.

MnDOT has scheduled 337 construction projects for this season, state-wide. 87 of those are happening right here in the metro.

"That's no good. That's not good," said Leigh. "I'm going to find a new route."

So Leigh will adjust his schedule as MnDOT rushes to keep theirs while building faster, safer routes for the future.

For a full list of scheduled projects, click here