The Minnesota Department of Transportation said it is distributing about $25.3 million to 36 cities, counties and townships to improve their infrastructure through the department's "Local Road Improvement Program."
MnDOT said the projects that money supports "will help reduce traffic crashes on rural county state-aid highways and local roads that have regional significance. The funding also will help pay for the local share of a trunk highway project."
The funded projects include roundabouts, sidewalk and pedestrian ramps, widening and repaving of roads, adding traffic signals and replacing culverts. One new bridge is also on the project list.
"This program promotes local, regional and state economic development, and improves safety on township, city and county roads," said MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle.
The program is funded out of the state's 2017 general obligation bonds.
In all, MnDOT said it received more than 200 grant applications totaling more than $584 million, and made its selections based on geographical distribution, safety, regional significance, local agency support, construction readiness, impact and availability of other funding sources
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