ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced more than 200 construction projects will be worked on across the state this year that will help maintain Minnesota’s roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure; improve safety and mobility; and support jobs.

Planned construction projects include 171 road and bridge projects, plus 52 projects that will improve airports, water ports, railroad crossings and transit infrastructure.

“After a long winter with record-setting snowfalls, MnDOT joins many Minnesotans in welcoming the arrival of spring,” said Commissioner Nancy Daubenberger. “Warmer weather also means drivers can expect to see more orange cones and work zones around the state, as well as more people working on and around highway projects. MnDOT has a robust construction program planned this year, and we need motorists’ help to keep everyone safe: obey speed limits and slow down in work zones, put away cell phones and other distractions, be patient, and plan ahead for detours.”

Projects in southwest Minnesota District 8 this year include: