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Construction near Twin Bluff gets funding

A project to reconstruct the intersection in front of Twin Bluff Middle School and improve crossings was a winner of a Safe Routes to Schools grant of $343,575, Minnesota Department of Transportation announced this week.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $528,575, according to the city of Red Wing. Project partners included the Red Wing School District and Goodhue County Public Works.

A key part of the project includes reconstruction of the Pioneer Road and Twin Bluff Road intersection to improve safety and installing two T-intersections and pedestrian-activated crossing signals, the city said in a news release.

The funding also will be used to relocate a crosswalk on Twin Bluff Road to Sunnyside Elementary and add a pedestrian-activated signal.

There were 34 schools in 18 communities throughout the state awarded infrastructure funding totaling $4 million for projects to be completed in either 2015 or 2016, MnDOT said. The Twin Bluff intersection project is slated for 2015.

MnDOT also awarded planning grants.

“These projects will help communities increase opportunities for children to walk and bike to school,” MnDOT commissioner Charlie Zelle said. “More students walking and biking means less traffic on the road and in front of schools, improving safety and promoting healthier kids.”

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