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MnDOT is warning Minnesotans about the upcoming, massive construction of roadways around the state. The Pioneer Press reported that there were more than 150 road projects announced for the 2007 season Thursday.

The headline on the Star Tribune page was, ‚ÄúConsider yourself warned! MnDOT predicts 16 of the 36 metro road projects will cause major traffic delays this summer.‚Ä? The Pioneer Press reported that 121 projects will be ‚Äúoutstate.‚Ä?

The summer of construction is projected to cost $1.5 billion. The biggest contract in state history, that of a new junction where Cross-town Hwy. 62 meets Interstate Hwy. 35W will cost a reported $288 million, the Star Tribune reported.

Other projects will close lanes and slow traffic in Eagan (Hwy. 77), Blaine (Hwy. 65) and St. Paul (Hwy. 36).

Although it sounds big, the metro area projects are lower than in previous years. There were a total of 69 projects in 2005 and 41 in 2006. Of the $1.5 billion being spent this year, $1 billion will be spent in the metro area alone, a similar total in the two previous years, the Star Tribune reported.

The Pioneer Press took a different approach to the article. They profiled each of the major spots in the Twin Cities, and gave the 5 W’s for the readers, including where, what, cost and alternate routes. The site also has visual maps of the areas and roads from around Minnesota.

Visit MnDot for more maps and details.