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MnDOT awarded grant to repair spring flooding

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and U.S. Representatives Collin Peterson and Tim Walz announced this week that the Federal Highway Administration has awarded the Minnesota Department of Transportation a $1 million grant to repair damage from spring flooding.

The grant is administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation for eligible repairs that include those to restore essential traffic, minimize the extent of damage or protect the remaining facilities as well as make permanent repairs necessary to restore the highways to their pre-disaster condition.

"As we approach the summer travel season, we need to ensure our roads are safe and reliable for all Minnesotans," Klobuchar said. "This grant will help make critical repairs and improve the quality of roads and bridges in communities across Minnesota that experienced spring flooding."

"Although this spring's floodwaters have receded and most of the mess has been cleaned up, I've seen roads all over Minnesota that are still washed out or damaged," Sen. Franken said. "These federal funds will allow us to rebuild and repair our highways so Minnesotans can get to work and get around the state."

Beginning on March 4, catastrophic flooding from spring snowmelt resulted in damages to federal-aid highways throughout Minnesota. Otter Tail County was among the many Minnesota counties that were affected by the spring flooding.