Thirty-six Minnesota cities, counties and townships received funding to improve transportation infrastructure on local roads through the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Local Road Improvement Program (LRIP).

Approximately $25.3 million in projects will help reduce traffic crashes on rural County State Aid Highways and local roads that have regional significance. The funding also will help pay for the local share of a trunk highway project.

Projects in southwest and west central counties/cities will receive a total of $5,940,000 funding.

Among the projects in the area is one in Redwood Falls for the courthouse square reconstruction of street and pedestrian facilities and utilities for 2019. The total project cost is estimated at $1,438,700. The city requested $1,000,000, which is what it will receive.

In Renville County a CSAH 4 project includes the reconstruction of five miles of roadway, upgrading the roadway to 10 ton for 2018. The total project cost is estimated at $2,235,100. The county requested $750,000, which is what it will receive. 

Projects range from roundabouts, sidewalk and pedestrian ramps, widening and repaving of roadways, adding traffic signals and replacing culverts. One new bridge is included in the project list.

“This program promotes local, regional and state economic development and improves safety on township, city and county roads,” said Charlie Zelle, transportation department commissioner.

The program is funded out of the 2017 general obligation bonds.

MnDOT received more than 200 applications totaling more than $584 million. Selection was based on geographical distribution, safety, regional significance, local agency support, construction readiness, impact and availability of other funding sources.

To learn more about LRIP, visit the MnDOT Web site at