ST. PAUL, MINN. – A nearly 50-mile stretch of Highway 34 that weaves its way through Becker County will be safer and easier to travel thanks to a grant worth up to $15 million from the Corridors of Commerce. The grant will go toward constructing passing lanes on Highway 34 from Detroit Lakes to Nevis
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 34 were picked out of dozens of proposed highway projects to receive up to $15 million in funding. Construction on the passing lanes is set 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 Detroit Lakes and Nevis will increase safety for all drivers and help relieve bottleneck congestion.
“These small, rural roads like Highway 34 begin to pose a problem as the number of passenger cars and heavy freight users increase. Building passing lanes will help make using this road much safer,” Senator Rod Skoe (DFL-Clearbrook) 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.