Senator Melissa Wiklund: Corridors of Commerce Funding Includes Local Projects

Saint Paul, MN — Governor Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced funding to four projects as part of the Corridors of Commerce program on May 1. Included in the investment is $70 million to construct a directional ramp for northbound 35W to westbound 494 traffic and $134 million to construct a MnPASS lane on 494 from France Avenue to Highway 77 going east and Highway 77 to 35W going west.

“I am grateful for the governor’s and department’s decision to award funding to these two projects which will benefit the communities of Bloomington and Richfield as well as the south west metro region.” said Sen. Wiklund. “The 494-35W interchange is the 17th worst bottleneck in the country, it handles over 275,000 vehicles per day and it has needed improvement for decades. I’m also grateful for the bipartisan support the application submitted by the City of Bloomington received from legislators and communities along the 494 corridors.” Sen. Wiklund added, “The construction of a MnPASS lane between France Avenue and Highway 77 will improve traffic flow in the area and greatly reduce congestion and drive times.”

The Corridors of Commerce is a state program that makes crucial investments in road, highway and bridge needs based on criteria such as economic impact, safety improvement and community consensus. Since 2013, the Corridors of Commerce program has funded projects that are important to the health of our transportation system and business climate. The projects that were selected this year are intended to improve the state transportation system in ways that specifically support Minnesota’s economy.

For more information, Sen. Wiklund can be contacted via email at sen.melissa.wiklund@senate.mn or by phone at 651-297-8061.

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Melissa Wiklund represents District 50, which includes portions of Bloomington and Richfield in the southern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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