Hoeven: U.S. DOT to Obligate Funding For Minot Overpass Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John Hoeven today announced that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has reviewed the necessary regulatory documents and will obligate $14.13 million in funding for Minot’s northeast bypass and 55th Street overpass project. The action means the city will receive the funding and be able to begin construction this spring.

The project is funded through a competitive TIGER II infrastructure grant program, which was awarded to the state in October. The project is currently scheduled to be bid this summer with construction beginning this fall, and completion planned for the fall of 2012. The Senator has been working with federal, state and city officials to move the project forward.

Hoeven worked with the federal Department of Transportation to expedite the regulatory process for the project so that work can begin during the upcoming construction season. The project and secure funding was prompted by heightened economic activity at the city’s intermodal facility and agriculture park, and in anticipation of further activity as the facility grows to accommodate additional energy development in the region.

 “We appreciate the Secretary’s prompt attention to the project’s planning and environmental documentation,” Hoeven said. “This worthy project has been approved, and we now look forward to seeing it begin in the upcoming construction season.”