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Mn/DOT's federal stimulus dollars begin flowing on Friday

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation will hand out the first contracts for road work funded by federal stimulus dollars this week.

That means orange cones and detours will start showing up within seven or eight weeks.

MnDOT spokesman Kevin Gutknecht says the first wave of contracts will be let on Friday, with more to come every couple of weeks through June.

Minnesota is in line for about nearly $600 million in stimulus money for roads, bridges and public transit. The list of greater Minnesota projects is already public, while the Twin Cities lineup is expected in the coming weeks.

MnDOT is seeking legislative authorization to spend the stimulus money by the end of March.

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