WILLMAR, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation 2019 construction program has come to a conclusion. Statewide, the 2019 road and bridge program included 221 projects and totaled $1.1 billion. Locally, in District 8, the 2019 construction program delivered ten construction projects for approximately $34.6 million, not including the Willmar Wye or projects shared with neighboring districts. District 8 encompasses twelve counties: Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville and Yellow Medicine.
For the second year in a row, late starts due to April blizzards, and postponements due to large amounts of rainfall, brought challenges to contractors and construction crews. “In spite of the weather, it was a successful construction season,” said Kelly Brunkhorst, District 8 Assistant District Engineer – Construction. “We were able to complete two bridge projects, three resurfacing projects, two reduced conflict intersections, numerous accessibility improvements, installation of a living snow fence, districtwide striping, and several culvert repair projects.”
Three projects started in 2019 are two-year projects scheduled to be completed in 2020:
Projects started or completed during the 2019 Construction Program: