ST. PAUL, MINN. – A 51-mile stretch of Highway 11 that runs from Greenbush to Warroad is a step closer to becoming safer and easier to travel. The construction project that aims to add passing lanes along the corridor was selected to receive $500,000 through the Corridors of Commerce fund to begin design work. Greenbush, Warroad and the town of Roseau, which Highway 11 passes through, are all home to large regional employers. The road is also a key freight route connecting northern Minnesota industries to the global market.
“This stretch of road truly is a ‘corridor of commerce’ Roseau is home to Polaris, while Marvin Windows and Door calls Warroad home, and Greenbush has a company called Central Boiler which is also one of the biggest area employers. This is a busy two-lane highway in an otherwise quite rural region, and building passing lanes will make the road much safer for everyone,” said Sen. LeRoy Stumpf (DFL-Plummer).
The Highway 11 project was selected as one of 13 projects to receive a total of $70 million from the Corridors of Commerce. The funding is a new initiative that started in 2013, and so far has helped fund 27 transportation projects across the state to the tune of $331 million.
The grants will be administered by the Commissioner of Transportation. Project selection was done in consultation with the MnDOT’s central office, Governor Dayton and with local district offices. This round of funding will speed up work on 13 importing projects across the state and will help ensure more projects will get started in the next few years.