$25 million to rebuild bridges, roads in Austin

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(ABC 6 News) – Part of a national program, millions of dollars has been awarded to the Minnesota Dep. of Transportation, with the majority going directly towards Austin’s infrastructure.

In total, MnDOT is receiving $35 million for the state’s infrastructure. Of this, $25 million will be going directly towards reconstructing and rehabilitating bridges and sections of I-90 in Austin.

The goal is to ensure safe access for the community and those that use this important national transportation route.

The money in Austin will be used to reconstruct eight bridges, including a pedestrian bridge. Senator Amy Klobuchar says it is important to get ahead of bridge maintenance, before it is too late.

“Thousands of people rely on I-90 to get in and out of Austin every single day,” said Sen. Klobuchar. “The current bridges on the I-90 corridor that pass Austin were designed way back in the 1950s, and are nearing the end of their utility.”

Over the next year, the city as well as MnDOT will plan out the schedule of all of the projects, to ensure they are not all done at the same time, lowering the traffic impact.

“When people see bridge after bridge after bridge, six of these in two years, with the equipment that they’re gonna bring and what that means, I think its just going to highlight the growth in Austin,” said Mayor Steve King. “We’re definitely in growth mode.”

Of the $35 million, ten million will be used to help expand a stretch of highway in Carver County, Minn.

It is all part of a national program to rebuild infrastructure in the country, known as INFRA.