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MnDOT offers funding for noise barrier program

ST. PAUL -- Cities and townships are eligible to apply for funding under the Minnesota Department of Transportation's newly created Greater Minnesota Stand-Alone Noise Barrier program. The agency has approximately $700,000 to award to 172 eligibl...

ST. PAUL - Cities and townships are eligible to apply for funding under the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s newly created Greater Minnesota Stand-Alone Noise Barrier program. The agency has approximately $700,000 to award to 172 eligible cities for building noise barrier projects.
Among the eligible cities within MnDOT District 7 are Adrian, Brewster, Heron Lake, Jackson, Luverne, Wilder, Windom and Worthington.
Cities may apply for the first round of funding before May 9. MnDOT will select projects in June with plans to begin construction in July 2017. Future applications will be accepted annually from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, although future funding amounts have not been determined.
To qualify, cities must be adjacent to a limited access freeway, expressway or interstate where noise limits exceed the state daytime noise standard set by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Cities are required to pay 10 percent of the project cost.
State and federal standards are used to determine noise impacts and mitigation in Minnesota.
For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1UJfiGb .

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