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Minnesota hands out $32 million for roads

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Eleven Minnesota highway projects, ranging from a short stretch of road to a new dairy farm to a major new interchange, will share in $32 million of grants.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Eleven Minnesota highway projects, ranging from a short stretch of road to a new dairy farm to a major new interchange, will share in $32 million of grants.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation and Department of Employment and Economic Development Tuesday provided the funds to help economic development.

“For every public dollar we invest, Minnesota’s Transportation Economic Development program leverages an additional $3 in economic development investment,” Lt. Gov. Tina Smith said. “These are great projects, but they don't come close to meeting our need for a sustainable, comprehensive solution to Minnesota's transportation challenges."

Transportation Commissioner Charles Zelle said previous grants have produced "great results in promoting economic development all across the state."

Less than $2.5 million heads to greater Minnesota projects, with the rest going to the Twin Cities, where roadwork is far more expensive. None of the Transportation Economic Development money this year goes to the northern half of the state.

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