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Dayton administration approves money for Highway 14 expansion

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC/AP) -- Gov. Mark Dayton's administration is directing $300 million into ten highway construction projects meant to break up bottlenecks and improve freight movement around the state-- projects that include funding for improvements to Highway 14 in southeastern Minnesota.

Dayton and Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle announced the projects Thursday. Competition for the money was fierce, with more than 400 proposals related to 100 unique road projects presented to the Department of Transportation.

Among the projects chosen are the expansion of Highway 14 to four lanes from Owatonna to Dodge Center, and from North Mankato to Nicollet. Between $36 million to $48 million dollars are budgeted for those two projects.

Other projects include the addition of lanes on Interstate 94 between Rogers and St. Michael. In all, two of the projects are in the Twin Cities area and the rest are in greater Minnesota, but Zelle says the Twin Cities projects are more expensive.

Dayton and Zelle says the projects fulfill only a fraction of what's needed to keep Minnesota's transportation system competitive.

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