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Traffic is pictured Wednesday at the state Highway 23 intersection in Paynesville. State officials on Wednesday announced they will spend a record $1.3 billion on transportation projects across Minnesota, to include the state Highway 23 bypass near Paynesville. The cost of the long-awaited project is $32 million. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Miles of Minnesota roads greenlit for construction

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EDEN PRAIRIE -- Minnesota motorists will see more orange barrels than ever this summer after state officials on Wednesday announced they will spend a record $1.3 billion on transportation projects.

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Of the 283 projects on the Minnesota Department of Transportation's 2010 list, 217 are on highways. The remaining projects will deal with railroads, ports and transit.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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