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Lower oil costs mean more miles of road work possible this summer in southwest MN

WILLMAR -- Lower oil prices mean more miles of road construction this summer.The Minnesota Department of Transportation is adding to its 2016 road construction projects this year thanks to the savings made possible by lower oil prices, according ...

WILLMAR - Lower oil prices mean more miles of road construction this summer.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is adding to its 2016 road construction projects this year thanks to the savings made possible by lower oil prices, according to Susann Karnowski, assistant district engineer for program delivery with the District 8 office in Willmar. Karnowski and MnDOT staff outlined road construction plans for 2016 in District 8 to members of the Area Transportation Partnership at its meeting Friday in Willmar.
The Area Transportation Partnership includes representatives from throughout the District 8 counties. The members, including elected officials, county engineers and regional representatives, provide input on transportation projects.
 District 8 has slated roughly $38 million worth of road construction in the coming year throughout the 12 counties comprising the district.
As a result of lower oil prices, bids for a number of road projects planned for the coming year have come in at costs below the earlier estimates, explained Karnowski. The cost for bituminous mix used on roads has dropped to around $40 a ton, a 20 to 30 percent decrease in price compared to previous years.
The savings made possible by the competitive bids is allowing MnDOT to move forward a couple of projects that otherwise were planned for next year. The beneficiary will be Minnesota Highway 19. An estimated $2.8 million project to mill and overlay the highway from the South Dakota border to U.S. Highway 75 and a $570,000 project to overlay a portion of the road between Lyon County Roads 5 and 7 were advanced to this year.

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