ST. PAUL, MINN. – In lake country just east of Bemidji there is a 40 mile stretch of Highway 2 that will now be safer and easier to travel. Thanks to an up to $10 million dollar grant from the Corridors of Commerce, Highway 2 will get passing lanes from Cass Lake to Deer River.
The newly created Corridors of Commerce program authorized $300 million in trunk highway fund bonds for work on the state’s trunk highways. Passing lanes on Highway 2 were picked out of dozens of proposed highway projects to receive up to $10 million in funding. Construction is slated to begin next year.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) divided the projects into five categories including metro capacity, interregional corridor capacity and statewide freight bottlenecks. Building a passing lane between Cass Lake and Deer River will increase safety for all drivers and help relieve bottleneck congestion.
“Highway 2 connects the two largest cities in my district, and I am well aware of its needs. I’d like to thank the Corridors for Commerce program for granting this project up to $10 million to make this passage safer and more efficient for the many people who use it every day,” Senator Tom Saxhaug (DFL-Grand Rapids) said.
The grants will be administered by the Commissioner of Transportation. Project selection was done in consultation with the MnDOT’s central office, the governor, and with local district offices. Funds for the projects will begin to be available July 1, 2014.