MNDOT announced Tuesday, 7 construction grants for 2018. The grants amount to over $18 million dollars. 3 of the projects are in the Twin Cities Metro area.

The biggest project is a grant of $10 million for the Highway 169/101st Avenue North interchange project in Brooklyn Park. The project is expected to "enhance traffic operations, improve roadway safety and provide bicycle and pedestrian facilities for a segment of 101st Avenue North between Jefferson Highway and future Xylon Avenue." According to their press release. The project is located near the Target Northern Campus, and the company has agreed to contribute a portion of the project's $37 million overall cost. DEED is contributing $1.5 million.

Included in the list in southern Minnesota is $135,450 to provide a bypass lane for southbound traffic and a right-hand turn lane for northbound traffic on Highway 56, about 1.5 miles south of the intersection with Highway 14 in Dodge Center - a project with a total cost of $193,500.

Another big project expected to get underway this year, not a part of these grants is the replacement of the 35W Bridge over the Minnesota River in Burnsville.

Yes it won't be long Minnesota's second season, gets underway.