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MN Dept. of Transportation announces project funding

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced on Friday that $40 million would go to 11 road and bridge projects throughout the state, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

The funds are part of the $180 million for 60 projects announced last month, MPR reported.

Funding of the 11 projects will be allotted within 30 days, the Pioneer Press reported. Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel said that up to 1,000 people will work on the projects.

The Department announced on Thursday that an additional $75 million in federal stimulus money will be directed to 53 projects throughout the state, the Star Tribune reported.

Department spokesman Kevin Gutknecht said the projects can now be completed a year or two before they were scheduled to be, MPR reported.

With 102 more projects awaiting funding, a list of those to be funded in the Twin Cities area will be announced later this month, the Pioneer Press reported.