Money vs. safety at MnDOT

Part 3: Flying into the danger zone?

Safety zones at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport once banned high-density development. But in April 2004, MnDOT Commissioner Carol Molnau decided to open up the airport's safety zones to make room for commerce. Updated Mar. 23, 2011

Jet over Bloomington
  • Repairs to the state's worst bridge and roads are being put off year after year, sometimes for more than a decade, as the transportation agency contends with massive budget shortfalls and aging infrastructure. The collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge in August brought the problems starkly into view.

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Hwy. 14

  • Part 2: Hwy. 14, Highway of horrors

    Article By: TONY KENNEDY and PAUL MCENROE ,Star Tribune Publish December 16, 2007 2:00 AM / Update March 23, 2011 4:11 PM

    In south-central Minnesota, many people have been hurt or killed on Hwy. 14, which has several two-lane stretches that are among the most dangerous in the state.

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Even trains don’t have a level route where the track parallels a four-lane stretch of Hwy. 14 in Blue Earth County. Upgrading the remaining two-lane segments would save lives, but MnDOT doesn’t have the money.

  • Photo gallery: U.S. Hwy. 14

    Article By: VICKIE KETTLEWELL , Publish / Update December 16, 2007 7:21 PM

    Most residents of south-central Minnesota know someone who has been killed or severely hurt on Hwy. 14, which has several two-lane stretches that are among the most dangerous in the state. The last upgrades are to begin in 2023 — if money is available.

Hwy. 61 bridge at Hastings

Corrosion is evident on the steel-beamed, fracture-critical bridge that spans the Mississippi River at Hastings. The Hwy. 52 bridge, which opened in 1951 and carries an average of 32,000 motorists a day, will not be replaced until at least 2016. Some repairs are scheduled for next summer.

  • The Hastings Bridge

    Article By: VICKIE KETTLEWELL , Publish / Update December 15, 2007 8:08 PM

    The Hastings Bridge, which opened 57 years ago, is a stark symbol of Minnesota’s crumbling transportation infrastructure. MnDOT insists that, despite its flaws, the bridge is safe, but that’s little comfort to the people who cross it or live in its shadow.

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